As soon as Ravi Shastri was appointed as the head coach of the Indian cricket team, he started having problems with other appointed candidates. The appointment of Zaheer Khan as the bowling coach made Ravi unhappy as he wanted Bharat Arun who was his trusted man to that post. Also, some reports claimed that the members of CAC went above and beyond their duty of appointing the coach.
The CAC replying to the reports and criticism wrote a letter to CoA and BCCI in which it was clearly written that appointments of Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid were made after informing the new coach Shastri and India captain Virat Kohli.
“We spoke to Mr Shastri about getting Mr Khan and Mr Dravid on board in these capacities, and he readily agreed to the idea of having them in the set-up so that it would benefit the team and Indian cricket as a whole in time to come. It was only after getting Mr Shastri’s consent that we also recommended Mr Khan and Mr Dravid, in their respective capacities,” the letter said.
CoA later revealed in a media release that Zaheer and Dravid have been appointed as the consultants and they would be a part of the team during specific overseas tours.
According to a top BCCI official on Thursday, “The BCCI’s legal team was working on the contracts. But the CoA asked us to first show them the drafts. Given the situation, it does look like Shastri’s wish to have Bharat Arun as a full-time bowling coach will be accepted. And the way the contract is likely to shape, it will be difficult for Zaheer to accept the role of a consultant on a tour-to-tour basis.”