Victory For Shastri As Bharat Arun Becomes Bowling Coach

Paola Ditto
Luglio 17, 2017

The Cricket Advisory Committee's decision to appoint Zaheer Khan as the bowling consultant (overseas) stands and a call on that will be taken after the new four-member panel of the BCCI meets and decides on matters of appointment and the financial details.

He departed the national team set-up along with Shastri past year when former India leg-spinner Anil Kumble was appointed as the head coach. I don't like to work with people who I don't know. At the end of the day, if I'm the coach, I would want people who I'm comfortable with. "All you can do as a coach is present your case on how you think you can make a difference and help the team perform better", he said.

Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag, who was one of the frontrunners for the position of Team India coach, nearly won the job, but for a proposal to bring along with him a team of support staff, it has been reported. Zaheer wasn't ready for a full-time job and Shastri wanted a full-time bowling coach. However, both appointments, especially that of Zaheer, ran into trouble when the COA took offence over what it interpreted as the CAC going beyond its brief and appointing the support staff too.

Robin Singh has been involved in the coaching setup of the Mumbai Indians.

The appointment of Shastri as the head coach was also mired in controversies when reports emerged that Shastri was the first-pick choice of Sachin Tendulkar, a CAC member, while Sourav Ganguly, the other member of the committee, wasn't in agreement with the choice.

However, Gillespie did acknowledge that he had considered applying for the post, but was confused about the same.

From the very beginning of the selection process, it is well known that skipper Virat Kohli is backing Shastri in every moment, the same is happening now and Shastri is picking the supporting staff as per his convenience with the support of Kohli.

Perhaps, the fact that Shastri had an inclusive approach considering the captain and the support staff, is what made him CAC's favourite. In selected as the bowling coach of the Indian cricket team, he will have to relinquish his positions both in the TNPL and IPL, as the new BCCI rules have been created to crack down on conflicts of interest.

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