Sachin Tendulkar , Sourav Ganguly and VVS laxman , the members of the Cricket advisory committee were given the responsibility of appointing a new head coach for the Indian cricket after the resignation of Anil Kumble.
On the tenth of July, they interviewed the applicants and Ravi Shastri was appointed the coach the very next day.
They also appointed Zaheer Khan as the bowling consultant and Rahul Dravid as the batting consultant overseas tests. However reports emerged that Ravi Shastri wanted Bharat Arun as the bowling coach.
Hence it was assumed that the CAC had appointed the bowling coach without his consent.
But Sachin has refuted all such claims and has issued a strong letter to Committee of Administrators (CoA)’s chief Vinod Rai and BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary.
“There have been suggestions that the CAC has exceeded its ambit in going with Mr Khan and Mr Dravid, and these two legends of Indian cricket have been foisted on the head coach.
It has both pained and disappointed us therefore to see the light in which the CAC has been portrayed in various sections of the media,” he wrote.
Ganguly and Laxman have also written strong letters to Choudhary and Rai. Sachin wants BCCI and CoA to rubbish all the false accusations and wants to uphold the sanctity of the CAC.
“While we all know that none of these reports are true, it is out in public domain and it is imperative that the cricket-loving public at large is made aware of the reality.
We could do it ourselves, of course, but we don’t want to further queer the pitch,” Tendulkar added.
“So, we would respectfully request you to clear the air and set the record straight in this regard. The three of us played our cricket with great integrity, and we have brought that same trait in fulfilling this important responsibility bestowed upon us by the BCCI.
While we are not looking for plaudits, we do not appreciate the tone and the falsehoods of some of the narratives,” wrote the disappointed little master.
After reading out some stern words, the board has stated that Zaheer, who was earlier appointed as bowling consultant, will now work on an overseas tour-to-tour basis as per the requirement.
They have also cleared the CAC of all allegations. “The three members of the committee – Mr Sourav Ganguly, Mr Sachin Tendulkar and Mr VVS Laxman – have executed the assigned task with total transparency, professionalism and commitment to Indian cricket,” stated their official release