Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Special Committee, Shastri to identify coaching, support staff

Special Committee, Shastri to identify coaching, support staff

Interestingly, amidst this prevailing suspense and confusion over the appointment of Team India's support staff, came a release from the India Cements Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) that Arun will coach the VB Thiruvallur Veerans - one of the teams of the Twenty20 tournament - in the upcoming edition, which will be held from July 22 to August 20.

"Let me put it like this".

"I have spoken to a number of people including my good friends Andy Bichel and Brad Hogg".

Singh, the 53-year-old former all-rounder said that if he was the coach of the side, he would prefer to have support staff he's 'comfortable with'. It's really a comfort level that you need to have. "Anybody who thinks he can contribute his best for Indian cricket can and should apply".

As far as Arun is concerned, the CoA has made it clear that he and other support staff will have to resolve all conflict-of-interest issues before assuming charge. Arun, Shastri's team-mate from Under-19 and India days, served in the same capacity during the latter's tenure as India team director. "I will observe and offer my thoughts to players and coaches to stimulate good cricket conversations and offer any advice utilising my experience from other coaching roles", he concluded.

On being asked whether the head coach and the consultants were selected in a proper manner, Singh declined to make a comment. The head coach position was vacant after Anil Kumble stepped down saying his relationship with captain Virat Kohli had become "untenable". The official said that the special committee will also consider the existing contract of Zaheer, who has been part of Delhi Dardevils in the IPL for the last few years. However, what turned the tide in Shastri's favour was Sehwag's proposal to rope in a new support staff which included Kings XI Punjab assistant coach Mithun Manhas and physiotherapist Amit Tyagi.

Why were Dravid and Khan appointed if Shastri wasn't comfortable with them if at all the "process" of taking the coach into confidence isn't as farcical as the entire coach-selection saga has appeared to be?

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