Ravi Shastri also wants Bharath Arun as bowling coach despite Zaheer Khan’s appointment

New Delhi: Former Indian Captain Ravi Shastri who has now been appointed the new head coach of Team India is not happy with the Cricket Advisory Committee’s (CAC) selection for the coaching support staff.

Shastri is likely to pitch for the return of bowling Coach Bharath Arun despite the presence of Zaheer Khan in their ranks.

The former team director’s choice of bowling coach was always Arun and it is now apparent that CAC did not take Shastri into confidence while recommending Zaheer as the bowling coach although his role would be similar to that of Rahul Dravid that of a consultant.

According to the sources, it has been revealed that Zaheer is unlikely to give around 250 days a year that a full-time bowling coach will be required to and may not be available for more than 100 days. Zaheer’s salary package has not yet been inked as negotiations are still on.

Earlier, 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 that: “Give me Jason Gillespie then”. Gillespie is widely acknowledged as the best bowling coach in the cricketing fraternity. Even it is impossible that the BCCI could rope in someone like Gillespie, who is already contracted with Papua New Guinea.

The BCCI has also kept Venkatesh Prasad’s name on standby but it is unlikely Shastri will settle for anything less than Arun.

According to reliable sources to PTI, Shastri is expected to meet the top officials and the Committee of Administrators (COA) during the weekend as he is expected to cut short his trip to the United Kingdom.

“Ravi has highest regards for Zaheer but he believes that a full-time bowling coach is required. Let Zak create a roadmap for bowlers and it will be Arun who will implement it. Ravi is expected to speak to COA on Saturday and make it clear that he would like Arun to join the team from Sri Lanka tour itself,” a reliable BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

If Arun is reappointed as Coach, the Shastri –Ganguly rift will take another turn, as Ganguly is the person who backed Zaheer to be the bowling coach and only accepted Shastri as head coach if Zaheer was in the ranks as well.

Ganguly and Shastri haven’t seen eye to eye after the former Bengal cricketer picked Anil Kumble as coach ahead of Shastri last year, a decision that Shastri deemed unfair.

Regarding Arun’s appointment, it will be seen if the CAC and the BCCI will change the bowling coach or stick with their original selection. Arun had replaced Joe Dawes in 2014 and was there with the Indian team till 2016 when Shastri was looked over.

(With inputs from PTI)

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