Ravi Shastri seems to have got his way against the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) as Bharat Arun is all set to join Team India as the new bowling coach.
According to a report in CricketNext, the COA had agreed to Shastri’s request to appoint Bharat Arun as the full-time bowling coach and the former India pacer’s first assignment would be the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka in the Island Nation.
“The COA has decided to grant Shastri his wish as it is no secret that the head coach will have to work with the bowling coach on a full-time basis and there should be clear communication and understanding between the two individuals. The Cricket Advisory Committee’s decision to appoint Zaheer Khan as the bowling consultant (overseas) stands and a call on that will be taken after the new four-member panel of the BCCI meets and decides on matters of appointment and the financial details.”
“Shastri too has said that he will be more than happy to have the likes of Zaheer come over and share his inputs with the boys as per requirement. It is no case of one man’s word against the other. Zaheer wasn’t ready for a full-time job and Shastri wanted a full-time bowling coach. Thus, this arrangement,” a BCCI official told the website.
Shastri’s choice of bowling coach was always Arun and it is now apparent that Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) did not take the new head coach into confidence while recommending Zaheer Khan as the bowling coach although his role would be similar to that of Rahul Dravid — that of a consultant.
Earlier, when Shastri was asked about his choice of bowling coach, he had said Arun but one particular member of CAC was against it.
Shastri then apparently said: “Give me Jason Gillespie then”. Former Australia pacer Gillespie is widely acknowledged as the best bowling coach in the cricketing fraternity.
Arun and Shastri go back a long way having been buddies since their Under-19 days back in the early 80’s.
It was on Shastri’s recommendation that erstwhile president Narayanswami Srinivasan gave a go-ahead to Arun’s appointment with the senior team when he was the bowling consultant at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.