Former member of Committee of Administrators (CoA) Ramachandra Guha has criticised the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for “public humiliation” of Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan.
This comes after CoA said that the Indian cricket team’s support staff will be recruited only after consultation with newly appointed head coach Ravi Shastri, thus effectively putting on hold Zaheer and Dravid’s appointments as bowling coach and overseas batting consultant respectively.
“The shameful treatment of Anil Kumble has now been compounded by the cavalier treatment of Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid,” said Guha wrote on Twitter. Also Read- Bharat Arun to Join Team India as Bowling Coach: Report
“Kumble, Dravid and Zaheer were true greats of the game who gave it all on the field. They did not deserve this public humiliation,” he added.
CoA chief Vinod Rai informed that Shastri will be meeting the four-member committee of the BCCI for the selection of the support staff for Team India. The meeting has been scheduled for July 18.
Meanwhile, the CoA chief made it clear that the CAC has just made recommendations over the same.
“There’s no such thing as a contract. These are just recommendations. A recommendation has been made and the CoA has to act on that. That recommendation will be acted upon in consultation of the head coach,” he said. Also Read- Won’t Shy Away if Indian Cricket Requires me, Says Former BCCI Chief Anurag Thakur
This is yet another process after a month-long drama which seemed to have ended with a definitive BCCI release on July 11.
“The BCCI announces the appointment of Mr. Ravi Shastri as the Head Coach, Mr. Zaheer Khan as the Bowling Consultant and Mr. Rahul Dravid who will be the Overseas Batting Consultant (Test cricket) for the Indian Cricket Team,” the release which was signed by Secretary Amitabh Choudhary stated.
The head coach position, which was lying vacant since Kumble’s resignation following India’s 180-run defeat against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final, was filled up by Shastri on July 1.