Zaheer Khan to get 150-day contract

Indian board backs down on Dravid Zaheer appointments

Indian board backs down on Dravid Zaheer appointments

"Also, we did inform you over the phone along with Rahul Johri (BCCI CEO) and Amitabh Choudhary of all that transpired immediately after the meeting was over", the letter had said. "After taking the decision on his selection, the CAC consulted him and decided on having Batting and Bowling consultants on overseas tour-to-tour basis, as per the requirement of the team". The CoA approved the appointment of Shastri as head coach of senior men's team. "That recommendation will be acted upon in consultation of the head coach", he said.

Rai also said that the support staff will only be confirmed after consultation with Ravi Shastri, for which a meeting has been arranged between the newly-appointed head coach and CoA's four-member panel, constituting acting Board President C K Khanna, CEO Rahul Johri, Secretary Amitabh Choudhary and Diana Edulji, with CEO as the Convener. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) had put the contract drafts for the three new appointees - Shastri, Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan - on hold and will discuss the contracts at a meeting here on Saturday.

Shastri has made it clear that he wants Bharat Arun as the bowling coach.

The new committee will reach out to CoA with its recommendations on July 22, three days after the team leaves for the Sri Lanka tour on July 19.

If these reports are to be believed, the ball is now in the CoA's court and they're expected to sit down and decide on which candidate, or how many for that matter, are fit to take up the responsibility.

"We also bring to your notice the email you had circulated to us saying that we had absolutely free hand in picking the coach of the Indian cricket team".

"There's no such thing as a contract as yet". A day after his appointment, Shastri welcomed the move of appointing experienced players like Dravid and Zaheer in such roles but explained in no uncertain terms that he should get a call on who will be part of his full-time support staff.

"The three members of the committee - Mr. Sourav Ganguly, Mr. Sachin Tendulkar and Mr. VVS Laxman - have executed the assigned task with total transparency, professionalism and commitment to Indian cricket", stated the media release.

However, the CoA chief made it clear that the CAC has just made recommendations over the same.

The Virat Kohli-led side will land in Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series, followed by five One-day Internationals and a solitary T20 worldwide game.

The BCCI has invited applications for the India cricket team manager job, with the deadline set for July 21.

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