Ravi Shastri has been appointed as the new head coach of the Indian team, and while there has been a lot of controversy surrounding his support staff, BCCI would be happy that at least the Kumble-Kohli saga has finally come to an end.
Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid were roped in as bowling and batting consultants but apparently, Shastri wasn’t taken into account by the CAC while doing it. Shastri wants to bring in his own backroom staff, as he is more comfortable working with them and believes that they know how to get the job done.
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The CAC was reportedly not asked to select the support staff.
Thus, Zaheer’s and Dravid’s contracts have been put on hold, and most likely Shastri’s own backroom staff will be occupying the batting and bowling coach roles.
A four-member panel has been appointed by the BCCI to go about selecting the backroom staff, all in consultation with the head coach, Ravi Shastri.
Shastri’s appointment has received lukewarm response from the fans, as not everyone is sure as to how the dynamic coach would go about his job in his second stint with the Indian team.
But BCCI is one happy body, as it has found a coach that shares a good rapport with the captain, and one whose salary demands are way lower than the previous coach’s. Shastri’s reported salary is going to be around 7 crore per annum.
There was a growing rift between Anil Kumble and the BCCI, as Anil Kumble had demanded a salary of Rs 9 crore, which would be equal to a Grade A player’s salary.
As long as Zaheer’s and Dravid’s appointments are concerned, the CoA has said that they were mere recommendations from the CAC and that the BCCI will take them into consideration but that is in no way the final appointment.