Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan's appointment put on hold

Left to Right Sourav Ganguly VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar MGRTV

Left to Right Sourav Ganguly VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar MGRTV

As things stand now, BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), the cricket board and the Committee of Administrators (COA) all have their own versions of the story. "The CAC has been constituted to recommend the names of the coaches and the COA will decide about the appointment and other details (consultants, support staff and nature of contracts)", said a CoA member. Shastri is in London, as a result, he will have to fly back to Mumbai to meet the CoA members, reported India Today. "The support staff has been decided in consultation with the head coach", Rai was quoted as saying after the meeting.

"Yes, the four-member committee has now been given the responsibility to take a call on the assistant coaches of the Indian team", the source said. The three-member CAC had named Shastri as head coach while Dravid and Khan were appointed batting and bowling consultants respectively for specific overseas tours.

However, the CoA chief made it clear that the CAC has just made recommendations over the same. "The committee will also scrutinise the candidates for the post of team manager on Saturday", he added.

The letter also said that CAC felts that Shastri would function better with Zaheer and Dravid in his team and also mentioned that he had no problem and readily agreed to this idea. While we all know that none of these reports are true it is out in public domain and the average cricket fan will in good faith believe them.

"The CAC has only made the recommendations on which the CoA has to act".

Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid had previously worked together for the Delhi DaredevilsWhat's the story?

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At the outset we would like to express our appreciation for the CoA's and BCCI's support and encouragement to the CAC in the process of identifying the next head coach of the Indian cricket team.

Ganguly was also reported to have said that Khan was contracted only for 150 days, although no clarity has prevailed on what that statement was meant to convey.

"Zaheer was contacted for 150 days per year", Ganguly told reporters at the Eden Gardens.

Earlier, the BCCI has already clarified in a statement that Zaheer's appointment is on a tour-to-tour basis, it is clear that he will be spending around five months with the Indian team.

The Virat Kohli-led side will land in Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series, followed by five One-day Internationals (ODI) and a solitary T20 worldwide game.

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