In what is being interpreted as a snub to the legends, India’s newly appointed head coach Ravi Shastri on Tuesday appointed Bharat Arun as Team India bowling coach. Along with Arun, Shastri also announced the appointment of Sanjay Bangar as the assistant coach, and R Sridhar as the fielding coach of the team. “I was watching tennis in England, I was very clear in my mind what my core team would be,” Shastri said while speaking to reporters. Bharat Arun was bowling coach with the Indian team when Shastri was the director a year ago. Arun, Shastri’s team-mate from Under-19 and India days. The selection was finalised by the committee comprising BCCI’s acting president CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and CoA member Diana Edulji wh put forth its recommendations to CoA chairman Vinod Rai. Men in Blue are all set to leave for Sri Lanka on Wednesday with the new staff.
The committee had come into existence after controversy which was raked up after BCCI announced the names of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as overseas Test batting and overall bowling consultants. However, Rai clarified that these were mere recommendations, made by the three-man cricket advisory committee (CAC) – comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman – which also suggested Ravi Shastri’s name to the BCCI. However CoA expressed it unhappiness over CAC’s appointment of Dravid and Zaheer without its approval and appoint a committee comprising BCCI officials to if services are required.
“We have taken all the recommendations of the CAC for Ravi Shastri as head coach and we will further discuss with him appointment of other coaches. We have set up a committee and they will speak to them (CAC), communicate with them after talking to Shastri. The support staff has been decided in consultation with the head coach,” Rai told reporters after the meeting. “Three appointments which are core to the coaching team have been decided. But we have to consult each one of them, we have to ascertain their willingness and have to ensure that there is no conflict of interest issue,” he added.
Further inputs awaited