India make u-turn on coach appointments

The BCCI have made a u-turn on the coaching appointments of Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid with the national team.

Zaheer was appointed as bowling consultant while Dravid was chosen as an overseas batting consultant when the BCCI announced that Ravi Shastri was the new head coach of India on 1 July.

However, Dravid and Zaheer have not officially been given contracts after the BCCI’s committee of administrators (COA) said the appointments were recommendations from the Cricket Advisory committee, which consists of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VSS Laxman.

Vinod Rai, chairman of the COA, said any appointments to the national team’s coaching staff will be made in consultation with head coach Shastri.

Rai said: “There is no such thing as a contract yet. It is not an appointment.

“The recommendation has been made. And the CoA has to act on the recommendation. That recommendation will be acted upon in consultation with the head coach.

“The support staff has been decided in consultation with the head coach already. There is going to be a core support staff, which will be fielding, batting and bowling, which has been decided.”