Dravid, Zaheer role not confirmed as confusion ensues

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In ideal synchronisation with the already-existing drama over the appointment of the coach of the Indian cricket team and the consultants to the head coach - namely Zaheer Khan, as the bowling coach, and Rahul Dravid, as the batting consultant for overseas tours - the chairman of the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), Vinod Rai, said on Saturday that no contracts have been awarded to either Khan or Dravid. "They have not been appointed", Rai told reporters here.

However, the CoA clarified that they (Zaheer and Dravid) were mere recommendations and appointments.

There was no end to the controversy surrounding India cricket head coach appointment as even after Ravi Shastri was picked by CAC, there was drama surrounding the appointment of support staff.

"The committee will first meet on Tuesday to look into the appointments of the assistant coaches before taking a final call on their salaries and contracts."If the committee fails to decide on Tuesday, it will once again meet on Saturday (July 22) to discuss the matter".

Zaheer reportedly did not wish to commit more than 100 days but with Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) insisting, it is now a done deal for 150 days. "The recommendation will be acted upon in consultation with the head coach". We also bring to your notice that the mail you had circulated to us saying that we had absolutely free hand in picking the coach of the Indian cricket team.

In a meeting attended by CoA members Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, the CoA approved the appointment of Shastri.

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The CAC felt that Shastri would be "better served", with Zaheer and Dravid by his side and mentioned that in its letter.

The controversy over the appointment of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as overseas batting and bowling consultants took a new turn on Saturday with the BCCI. The letter also said Shastri "readily agreed to the idea of having them in the set up" for the team's benefit.

After the meeting, Rai said the appointments of Dravid and Zaheer were only "recommendations" although the BCCI release on July 11 suggests otherwise.

"The support staff has been decided in consultation with the head coach already".

Presently, Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar are officiating as batting and fielding coach. He was pitching for Bharat Arun's return as bowling coach and is expected to get him on board on a full-time basis. This has been done even when the appointment of Ravi Shastri as the Indian cricket team coach has been confirmed by the CoA.

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