Dravid, Zaheer appointments put on hold


Reports in some quarters claimed the CoA felt that the CAC, comprising Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman went out of their ambit in picking the coach.

The CoA has also formed a four-member panel, which includes acting Board president C K Khanna, Johri, Edulji and BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, and will meet on July 18 in Mumbai "to hold preliminary discussion with respect to appointment of coaches/consultants as recommended by the CAC" and to decide on the remuneration for Shastri and other members of the support staff.

However, the CoA clarified that they (Zaheer and Dravid) were mere recommendations and appointments. However, in reference to Dravid and Zaheer, the CoA said the "appointments of other consultants will be decided by the committee in consultation with the head coach".

The former Indian Captain Rahul Dravid who has been appointed as the batting coach for overseas tours will not be accompanying the Indian Team to Sri Lanka.

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. "So is Zaheer. Secondly, we have to see conflict of interest issues", Rai said.

According to the new mandates of the BCCI that were released a month ago, national coaches will not be permitted to coach any other teams, including IPL franchises.

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However, this contradicts what Sourav Ganguly, member of CAC, said as late as Friday.

The board also made it clear Shastri was consulted before appointing Zaheer and Dravid as bowling and batting consultants respectively.

Hurt by the accusations that they had breached their roles, the CAC wrote to Rai that he was kept in loop about what had transpired in the selection meeting. "And we have reacted to each one of those things". It was only after getting Mr Shastri's consent that we also recommended Mr Khan and Mr Dravid, in their respective capacities ...

"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 meeting was attended by CoA members Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri. But three days later, they have turned their backs on it.