Ravi Shastri’s Appointment Cleared by CoA; Rahul Dravid And Zaheer Khan’s Put on Hold

Sudipta Biswas
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No Compromises on Fitness While Selecting Team India: Ravi Shastri

India play in excess of 40 limited-overs' matches before the next World Cup and Shastri said the endeavour is to rotate players to have a pool of around 20 players on the radar a year before the World Cup.

The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) made Ravi Shastri’s appointment official while no decision was taken on the appointments of Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid.

The meeting was attended by CoA members Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri. The CoA approved the appointment of Shastri as head coach of senior men’s team.

Meanwhile, the CoA has formed a four-member panel, which included acting BCCI president CK Khanna and CEO Rahul Johri, to decide on the remuneration of newly-appointed head coach Shastri and other members of the support staff.

Eduji and BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary are the other members of the committee which will meet on July 19. This was decided after a CoA meeting today. The new committee will meet CoA with recommendations on July 22, three days after the team leaves for the Sri Lanka tour on July 19.

On July 10, the CAC had picked up Ravi Shastri as head coach and appointed Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid as overseas bowling and batting coach.

However, the CoA clarified that they (Zaheer and Dravid) were mere recommendations and appointments.

India will play their first Test on July 26. The CoA was asked about CAC’s letter which expressed ‘pain’ at the perception that Zaheer and Dravid were forced upon Ravi Shastri, Vinod Rai said,  “CAC has done a lot of correspondences with the CEO and with me also. And we have reacted to each one of those things.”

After the meeting, BCCI invited applications for ‘Team Manager’ for senior men’s, India A and India U-19 respectively.