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Shastri named India's coach

Shastri named India's coach

The former Australian cricketer in a way backed BCCI's call to make Shastri the head coach of the national team. The 55-year-old former cricketer put forth the name of Arun as the bowling coach. And now, the appointment of the support staff is getting its share of undue controversy. Interestingly, amidst this prevailing suspense and confusion over the appointment of Team India's support staff, came a release from the India Cements Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) that Arun will coach the VB Thiruvallur Veerans - one of the teams of the Twenty20 tournament - in the upcoming edition, which will be held from July 22 to August 20. "Not yet. As of now, I've to carry on normally, isn't it?" He is also the bowling coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore for the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The 42-year-old Gillespie, who played 71 Test matches and 97 one day internationals, taking 401 global wickets, said he was excited at the prospect of working with the Barramundis over the next few months as they attempted to qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. In selected as the bowling coach of the Indian cricket team, he will have to relinquish his positions both in the TNPL and IPL, as the new BCCI rules have been created to crack down on conflicts of interest. Reports also say that officials of Hyderabad Cricket Association are once again keen on signing the former cricketer.

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It had been reported earlier that Shastri wanted Bharat Arun, the former India bowling coach, to return in the same capacity, and not the CAC's choice - Khan.

The fate of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan, along with Arun will be decided on Tuesday, by a four-member BCCI panel comprising Committee of Administrators (CoA) memeber Diana Edulji, acting president CK Khanna, CEO Rahul Johri and acting secretary Amitabh Chadhuary.

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The BCCI also named Zaheer Khan as the bowling consultant of the team and Rahul Dravid as the overseas batting consultant. According to the conflict-of-interest issue of BCCI, Arun will have to leave other coaching jobs, if appointed as India's bowling coach.

"Sri Lanka was one of my favourite places to tour as a player, I loved playing cricket there, I love the country, it'd be a fantastic job", he added.

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