India head coach Ravi Shastri now wants batting great Sachin Tendulkar to work with the national team as a consultant, provided it is not a case of conflict of interest.
Shastri expressed the desire to have Tendulkar on board during Tuesday's meeting with the BCCI special committee comprising acting president CK Khanna, CEO Rahul Johri, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and Committee Of Administrators member Diana Edulji.
Tendulkar is part of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which picked Shastri as the coach.
The special committee made it clear that any role with the national team, be it full-time or as a consultant, has to be clear of conflict of interest.
"Ravi put forward the idea of having Sachin on board as a consultant for a very short period. But the committee promptly reminded him about the conflict of interest clause," a member of the committee, who did not wish to be identified as the information is not meant to be public, told PTI.
If Tendulkar does accept the role, it would mean that he would have to let go of his various other commitments including that in the IPL.
"And expecting someone to be around for an extremely short period and leave his other professional commitments is asking for a bit too much," said the member.
Similar is the case with Zaheer Khan, who wants be around with the team for about 25 days in a year and continue with his other engagements including those in the IPL.
"I doubt for 25 days in a year, you would want to forgo all your other commitments," reckoned the member.
While Shastri's support staff was announced on Tuesday, there is still lack of clarity over the consulting role of Zaheer and Dravid, who is already coaching the India junior teams.
A senior BCCI official told CricketNext that a decision on the consultants will not be taken immediately.
“The issue of consultants will be looked into at an appropriate time. At present the team is leaving for Sri Lanka and will only be accompanied by assistant coach Sanjay Bangar, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar,” he said.
The BCCI is considering the terms and conditions set by Zaheer and Dravid, apart from their availability, before arriving at a decision. With Tendulkar's name now reportedly thrown in the mix, a decision regarding the role isn't expected to happen anytime soon. It will also be interesting to see if the board decides to accommodate the expertise of both Dravid and Tendulkar which would most certainly be surplus to requirements.
However, according to the Indian Express report, the BCCI is yet to approach Tendulkar over a possible consultant's role.
On Tuesday, the BCCI tried to play down the delay and confusion surrounding these appointments. "I am absolutely clear that this is not a fiasco. Once we appointed the head coach, he obviously had to think of the responsibility which comes with that appointment, and it is very clear that he wanted his core team. The other two (Zaheer and Dravid) are consultants.” BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary said.
With inputs from PTI.