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Zaheer Khan to get 150-day contract

Zaheer Khan to get 150-day contract

A day after his appointment, Shastri welcomed the move of appointing experienced players like Dravid and Zaheer in such roles but explained in no uncertain terms that he should get a call on who will be part of his full-time support staff.

India cricket team coach Ravi Shastri is scheduled for a meeting on July 18 with the four-member panel over the appointments of the coaching staff. This was decided after a CoA meeting on Saturday.

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.

The new committee will reach out to CoA with its recommendations on July 22, three days after the team leaves for the Sri Lanka tour on July 19.

"There is no such thing as contract as yet".

"There have been suggestions that the CAC has exceeded its ambit in going with Mr Khan and Mr Dravid, and that these two legends of Indian cricket have been foisted on the head coach". A recommendation has been made and the CoA has to act on the recommendation.

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We also bring to your notice that the mail you had circulated to us saying that we had absolutely free hand in picking the coach of the Indian cricket team.

The drama over the appointment of Indian coaching support staff is not yet over.

It may be recalled that the CAC, that chose Dravid and Zaheer, had expressed "pain" at the impression being created that the duo was thrust upon Shastri.

The constitution of the committee, which will comprise acting President C.K. Khanna, acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji and board CEO Rahul Johri as the convener, virtually signals that the decision to appoint Dravid and Khan could be revisited.

"We have taken all the recommendations of the CAC for Ravi Shastri as head coach and we will further discuss with him appointment of other coaches", he said.

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. But we have to consult each one of them, we have to ascertain their willingness and have to ensure that there is no conflict of interest issue.