India news July 17, 2017

Shastri recommends Bharat Arun for India bowling coach

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Bharat Arun (right) worked with India's bowlers during Ravi Shastri's stint as team director © AFP

India's new head coach Ravi Shastri has recommended to the BCCI that Bharat Arun be appointed the bowling coach. Arun, Shastri's team-mate from Under-19 and India days, served in the same capacity during the latter's tenure as India team director. ESPNcricinfo understands that Shastri put forth Arun's name in his meeting with BCCI chief executive officer Rahul Johri on Monday in Mumbai.

The final decision on bringing back Arun as well as retaining the pair of batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar will be made on Tuesday when the three-member committee formed by Committee of Administrators (CoA) meets Shastri. Johri will convene the meeting.

The committee comprising BCCI's acting president CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and CoA member Diana Edulji will put forth its recommendations to CoA chairman Vinod Rai, who has the final authority on the matter.

The committee came into existence to resolve the confusion created in the wake of the BCCI announcing the names of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as overseas Test batting and overall bowling consultants. Rai maintains that these were mere recommendations, made by the three-man cricket advisory committee (CAC) - comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman - which also "recommended" Shastri's name to the BCCI. Unhappy that the CAC had picked Dravid and Zaheer without its approval, the CoA decided the best way forward was to appoint a committee comprising BCCI officials to decide if the pair's services are required.

As far as Arun is concerned, the CoA has made it clear that he and other support staff will have to resolve all conflict-of-interest issues before assuming charge. Arun was contracted with IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore as bowling coach till last season. He is also coach with one of the teams in the Tamil Nadu Premier League. "[Fact that] Ravi Shastri recommended [Arun] does not mean it is [an] automatic [appointment]," a BCCI official said. "[With] Arun, we will need to consider the conflict issue."

The official pointed out that the BCCI had to be "consistent" with its conflict policies. The official said that the special committee will also consider the existing contract of Zaheer, who has been part of Delhi Dardevils in the IPL for the last few years. "I tell Rahul Dravid you can't do an IPL, but [then] I [can't] tell the others you can do what you do and I will pay you," the official said, pointing out inconsistencies if Zaheer were to be employed without resolving possible conflict issues. "You have to be consistent."

Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Abu Taher on July 18, 2017, 10:39 GMT

    Gavin: I agree with you for the head coach. But it is not true for bowling coach. Separate coach for bowling means he should be specialist in bowling. Looks like the bowling coach will learn something from the current Indian bowlers not the Indian bowlers from him.

  • Sthitaprajna on July 18, 2017, 9:35 GMT

    Whetver shastri and Kohli wants to do is fine bt hard to see what has Sanjay bangar contributed so far as batting coach. Havent seen any player take his name and owe him some thanks ever. IND lost to pak due to batting failure and the group is more reliant on Kohli's batting like usual. Looking at Kohli one will asssume he needs no1 advice on batting.Does Rohits ascendancy/Ashwins Test battng or Dhawans return to form can be owed to Bangar?.If we need 1 batting coach he must be influential enough to show some change which are evident on field.Like IND fans hardly playing revrse sweeps .They mostly playing conventional old school cricket.Basics have helped Kohli Yuvraj and Dhoni attain success bt once u age nd ur timing flops its required tht u invent dfrent strokes..Dhoni nt doing even if his SR suffering.Gd knows wht Dhawn doin.he is totally inconstnt.Der is rahane rohit pujara saha yuvraj.whom has bangar worked with to contrib anythng?

  • Sthitaprajna on July 18, 2017, 9:30 GMT

    Whetver shastri and Kohli wants to do is fine bt hard to see what has Sanjay bangar contributed so far as batting coach. Havent seen any player take his name and owe him some thanks ever. IND lost to pak due to batting failure and the group is more reliant on Kohli's batting like usual. Looking at Kohli one will asssume he needs no1 advice on batting.Does Rohits ascendancy/Ashwins Test battng or Dhawans return to form can be owed to Bangar?.If we need 1 batting coach he must be influential enough to show some change which are evident on field.Like IND fans hardly playing revrse sweeps .They mostly playing conventional old school cricket.Basics have helped Kohli Yuvraj and Dhoni attain success bt once u age nd ur timing flops its required tht u invent dfrent strokes..Dhoni nt doing even if his SR suffering.Gd knows wht Dhawn doin.he is totally inconstnt.Der is rahane rohit pujara saha yuvraj.whom has bangar worked with to contrib anythng?

  • J on July 18, 2017, 8:54 GMT

    Guys what has happened has happened. Let us now give the Kohli-Shastri duo a fair chance and also hold them accountable for results. If they dont deliver results (particularly on overseas tours), then remove them. And it is good that Dravid is out, because there is no one else to share the blame in case India does badly. The whole set-up belongs to Shastri and Kohli and the accountability will be squarely on them. So move on and support the team, but also demand accountability.

  • vishnu9735192 on July 18, 2017, 8:40 GMT

    Bharath Arun is really a better choice! (Best would be Mcdermott!). He has already worked with this team and is responsible for the growth of Indian fast bowling! He was the main man at the MRF academy and has loads of experience. Zaheer is new to coaching and moreover, I guess he would not be available full time. I think Zaheer the 'consultant' will be better than full-time coach!

  • ayon on July 18, 2017, 8:15 GMT

    as always Dravid has done the right thing ...on a lighter note Ravi Kohli should bring in their own CEO, board members etc within BCCI and in doing this they both can rule Indian cricket for some years. The selectors are already spineless in front of Kohli...it would be fun to see them lose ...

  • cparam6116337 on July 18, 2017, 7:56 GMT

    Very happy to see Dravid voluntarily saying 'No' for this overseas tour assignments setup. Dravid is saving himself very nicely, by not getting into the mix of Kohli and Shastri. Else, Dravid would have an unceremonious exit after one year, same like Kumble, as both are gentleman cricketers and earned complete respect by hardwork and commitment on and off the field, during their playing days.

  • Saifullah Farooqui on July 18, 2017, 7:29 GMT

    Bharat Arun ????? Did ravi shastri see his career ??? He has an economy of over 6 in 1980s . PATHETIC.

  • Anand on July 18, 2017, 7:24 GMT

    Approved Ravi because you are so closer to new BCCI BOSS Virat, not even Supreme Court of India can stop new boss of Indian cricket.

  • rohit on July 18, 2017, 7:17 GMT

    He was with RCB as bowling coach... Yeah, that worked out so damn well, right?

    Virat and Shastri are turning into whiny, entitled brats.

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