Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Zaheer Khan to get 150-day contract

Zaheer Khan to get 150-day contract

Ganguly had told this paper that Zaheer and Rahul Dravid were brought in as bowling and batting consultants respectively only after consulting Ravi Shastri, the new Indian team head coach. An answer to all these questions is expected to come out at the COA meeting in New Delhi on Saturday. The CAC members Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and V. V. S. Laxman had clarified that the names of Dravid and Zaheer were finalised after consulting Shastri.

After the meeting, Rai said the appointments of Dravid and Zaheer were only "recommendations" although the BCCI release on July 11 suggests otherwise. He comes back tomorrow or day after, ? said Rai. "It is not an appointment".

"The CAC is only recommendatory". A recommendation has been made and the CoA has to act on that. That recommendation will be acted upon in consultation with the head coach.

However, a Board official had wisely pointed the CAC had clearly exceeded its mandate by naming Dravid and Zaheer as part of the support staff when the three-member panel was only entrusted with the responsibility of naming the head coach after meeting the applicants. It's also pertinent to mention that Shastri wants Bharat Arun as the full-time bowling coach, while retaining the services of Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar as batting and fielding coaches respectively.

The constitution of the committee, which will comprise acting President C.K. Khanna, acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji and board CEO Rahul Johri as the convener, virtually signals that the decision to appoint Dravid and Khan could be revisited.

"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". The CoA was asked about CAC's letter which expressed "pain" at the perception that Zaheer and Dravid were forced upon Ravi Shastri, Vinod Rai said, "CAC has done a lot of correspondences with the CEO and with me also".

CoA says that CAC's job was just to recommend names for head coach and other supporting staff while CoA will decide about the appointment. The letter also said Shastri "readily agreed to the idea of having them in the set up" for the team's benefit.

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