BCCI defends Dravid and Zaheer’s appointment

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BCCI defends Dravid and Zaheer’s appointment

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The Cricket Advisory Committee have defended their new appointments of coaching staff stating that the committee were given full authority by the CoA to handle the coach selection process. The member also confirmed that skipper Virat Kohli was completely in the loop on the decisions.

After a lot of drama, Ravi Shastri was handed the responsibility of the head coach of Team India with Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid called in for the roles of the bowling coach and as a batting consultant respectively.

After the selection, reports emerged in media which questioned the CAC members' credibility and their process. Reports, however, have emerged that the CAC may have exceeded their authority in appointing Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as consultants to support Shastri, and the CAC has clarified its role in the process. The CAC sent the CoA an email addressed to chairman Vinod Rai and cleared that the new coach Shastri and Indian skipper Virat Kohli were informed about the new joinings of Dravid and Zaheer.

"He was taken into confidence on everything, he was absolutely ready with it" - and Kohli were in the loop. "We have taken Virat Kohli into confidence. Every person who is involved knew about this," the CAC member clarified as reported by ESPN.

A member of the CAC also added that the panel had got an email from Rai giving it full authority to oversee the coach recruitment process.

"We have got an e-mail from the BCCI CEO [Rahul Johri] which had Vinod Rai saying you have got absolute free hand in deciding who will coach Indian cricket," a CAC member, defended their stand. "We have those e-mails. We are writing to Vinod Rai."

The unnamed member also clarified that they have not received any direct message from the CoA questioning their steps in bringing Dravid and Zaheer on board. He also reminds that the period when team India was in search of a new coach in 2016 and they selected Anil Kumble. After one year, Kumble stepped down as the Indian coach and revealed a strained relationship with Indian skipper Kohli as the reason for his resignation. In the initial stage, CAC tried to sort out this trouble and then they finally picked Shastri.

"We spoke to Kumble and we spoke to Virat on separate days. Then the BCCI representatives spoke to both of them together. After which Anil went out and resigned"

the CAC member

The BCCI received ten applications which include Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh, Lalchand Rajput, Lance Klusener, Rakesh Sharma (Oman national team coach), Phil Simmons and Upendranath Bramhachari (engineer with no cricketing background). CAC interviewed six of them and finalised Shastri’s name for the most reputed job.

"You ask us to pick a coach and we do it honestly. And then we get battered for no fault of ours. We were asked to pick a coach last year independently. We picked the best candidate. That candidate gave you results for one year then you kicked him out. The CoA was nowhere in picture to solve the problem. We don't have the authority to solve the problem. If the CoA was in England and solved the problem, it wouldn't have come this far.

"Anil Kumble resigned. You advertised for the job on May 25. Then you advertised again accepting fresh applications till July 9. You got applications. Who picked the best person?," he said.

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