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Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan's appointment put on hold

15 July 2017

Rahul Dravid, who is the newly-appointed batting consultant of the Indian Cricket Team, will not be present for India's tour to Sri Lanka that is scheduled to start later this month.

Shastri is in London and will meet the CoA right after touching down in Mumbai. Speaking to reporters in Kolkata on Friday, Ganguly claimed that Zaheer was contracted to work 150 days a year.

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.

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The new committee will reach out to CoA with its recommendations on July 22, three days after the team leaves for the Sri Lanka tour on July 19. "A recommendation has been made and the CoA has to act on the recommendation, that recommendation will be acted upon in consultation with the head coach".

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 forming a four-member committee to take a call on the assistant coaches for the national cricket team. So far, no contracts have been given to Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid.

The CoA also formed a four-member panel, which includes CK Khanna, the acting BCCI president, Johri, Edulji and Amitabh Choudhary, the acting board secretary, to decide on the remuneration of Shastri and the support staff.

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Although Zaheer and Dravid weren't mentioned in the latest press release, the BCCI didn't reverse its earlier announcement either, implying that assignments of the two former greats would be overseas tour-specific.

The drama over the appointment of Indian coaching support staff is not yet over. He was pitching for Bharat Arun's return as bowling coach and is expected to get him on board on a full-time basis.

Shastri enjoys a good rapport with Zaheer and Dravid and in media interviews he has said he would be happy to have them as part of the set-up in some foreign tours.

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"We spoke to Mr Shastri about getting Mr Khan and Mr Dravid on board in these capacities, and he readily agreed to the idea of having them in the set-up so that it could benefit the team and Indian cricket as a whole in time to come", the CAC wrote in its letter.

Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan's appointment put on hold