Virtually snubbing the CAC selection of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as overseas consultants, newly-appointed head coach of the Indian cricket team Ravi Shastri on Tuesday had his way when the BCCI announced the return of Bharat Arun as bowling coach.
Arun will join the Indian team on a two-year period until the end of the 2019 ICC World Cup, while current batting coach Sanjay Bangar has been elevated to the title of assistant coach for the same duration. R Sridhar will continue as fielding coach. While Bangar and Sridhar were given one-year extensions in June 2016, the Indian cricket team has not had a bowling coach since Arun's contract expired last year.
Speaking at a press-conference in Mumbai, acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhury announced the entire list of the support staff members of the Indian squad.
"I was very clear in my mind what my core team would be and you have just heard that," Shastri said after Choudhary announced the appointment in a press conference.
"It's a privilege and honour to be the Indian coach, and I would like to thank the CAC for thinking I'm worthy enough to do the job," Shastri said in the press conference.
The media conference took place after Shastri met the newly-formed four-member BCCI committee for the purpose of deciding the coaches, comprising acting President C.K. Khanna, acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji and board CEO Rahul Johri.
Shastri's remarks on Tuesday left it unclear on the roles of former India stalwarts Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan who were announced as overseas batting and bowling consultants respectively by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman.
For the record, Shastri said he has talked to both the former players. "All depends on their availability. It depends on individuals, the number of days they want to give but their inputs will be invaluable and they are most welcome. I have spoken to both of them personally," former India all-rounder Shastri said.
Shastri and his support staff's first assignment will be the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, when the Indian team lands there on Wednesday for three Tests, five One-day Internationals (ODIs) and a solitary Twenty20 International (T20I), starting July 26.