Bharat Arun is Indian cricket team’s bowling coach

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday appointed Bharat Arun as the bowling coach of Team India.

The four-member committee comprising acting president CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji met on Tuesday at the board headquarters in Mumbai.

The BCCI has appointed Sanjay Bangar as the assistant coach and Bharat Arun as the bowling coach till next World Cup, said Choudhary in the press conference after the meeting.

Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar will remain as the batting and fielding coach respectively.

Ravi Shastri, at the press conference, also dismissed that the move by the cricket board will cause any heartburn in Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid, who were earlier appointed as bowling and batting coach by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) consisting of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly.

“I have spoken to both the individual …they are fantastic cricketers…their inputs will be invaluable, they will be on board once they have spoken to the authorities concerned,” said Shastri.

Arun had previously served in the same capacity during Shastri’s tenure as team director from 2014 to 2016.

The 54-year-old had replaced Joe Dawes in 2014 and was there with the Indian team till 2016 when Shastri wasn’t appointed the coach and spin legend Anil Kumble was handed the head coach post.

Last Saturday, CoA chief Vinod Rai said that there were no appointments of Zaheer and Dravid and those were just recommendations made by the three-member CAC.

“There’s no such thing as a contract. These are just recommendations. A recommendation has been made and the CoA has to act on that. That recommendation will be acted upon in consultation with the head coach,” he said.

This was yet another process after a month-long drama which seemed to have ended with a definitive BCCI release on July 11.

“The BCCI announces the appointment of Mr Ravi Shastri as the Head Coach, Mr Zaheer Khan as the Bowling Consultant and Mr Rahul Dravid who will be the Overseas Batting Consultant (Test cricket) for the VVS Laxman,” the release which was signed by the BCCI secretary stated.

Later on, the BCCI clarified that Zaheer will only be available as overseas bowling coach of Team India and will travel with the team on tour to tour basis.

The board had also made it clear Shastri was consulted before appointing Zaheer and Dravid as bowling and batting consultants respectively.


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