The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) — which includes Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, and VVS Laxman — confirmed Ravi Shastri as the coach of the Indian cricket team and also announced that Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid would act in the roles of the bowling coach and as a overseas Test batting consultant respectively on 11 July. However, just days after the announcement, the 55-year-old was reported to have batted for his own choices for his support staff.
According to a report in the Times of India, Shastri says that he has no problem in working with Dravid as his experience will be very useful if he can join the team as a consultant.
"I'm very clear about that. Rahul (Dravid) can bring great advantages and we all know that. If he can decide on how he can divide his time and let the BCCI know when he can be available, I am all for it," Shastri told the newspaper.
The former Indian batsman picked Bharat Arun over Zaheer as the bowling coach after finalising his choice in a meeting with the management. Shastri later clarified that if Zaheer meets all conditions as required by the BCCI, he can be invited as and when needed.
"I have myself given this a serious thought. It's a long way forward — two years — and there's going to be a lot of planning required in terms of inviting consultants from time to time," he added.
If some of the reports are to be believed, Tendulkar was the one to convince Shastri to apply for the chief coach's job during the recently-concluded Champions Trophy in England and Wales. In return, Shastri proposed Tendulkar's name soon after he got his way with the support staff on Tuesday. But, the BCCI reportedly rejected his proposal on Thursday.
Shastri’s first assignment will be India’s tour to Sri Lanka, starting on 26 July. The Virat Kohli-captained side will play three Tests, five One-day Internationals and a one-off Twenty20 International.