Bangar-Arun-Sridhar trio to aid head coach Ravi Shastri

The new coaching staff, confirmed for a period of two years, will begin its work from the tour of Sri Lanka.

Ravi Shastri will receive Rs. 7.5 crore as head coach.   -  Bhagya Prakash K.

India’s new head coach Ravi Shastri will be assisted by Sanjay Bangar (assistant coach), Bharat Arun (bowling coach) and R. Sridhar (fielding coach) for a period of two years. The tenure can be extended in July, 2018.

This team will begin its work from the tour of Sri Lanka. The Indian team will depart for Colombo on Wednesday evening after a media interaction in the afternoon at a five-star hotel near the international airport. Shastri is likely to receive around Rs. 7.5 crore, Bangar Rs. 2.2 crore, Arun Rs. 2 crore and Sridhar Rs. 1.8 crore for each of the two years.

Bangar and Sridhar were members of India’s support-staff team during the short limited-overs and Twenty20 series in the West Indies.

Arun was added in the coaching staff team at the meeting of the special committee drawn from the BCCI (acting president C. K. Khanna, acting Secretary, Amitabh Choudhary and CEO Rahul Johri) and CoA member Diana Edulji. Arun had worked with the India Under-19 team for a number of years and was the bowling coach during Shastri’s first stint with the Indian team as team director from mid-July 2014 to early 2016. Shastri, who was at the meeting at the Cricket Centre here on Tuesday, asked for Arun to be inducted as bowling coach and it was granted by the committee, getting the nod from CoA chief Vinod Rai.

The entire coaching and support staff have been asked to give declaration that they do not come under the conflict of interest rules. Apart from the purely cricket-related coaching staff, others who look after the fitness of the team have also been asked to submit a similar declaration.

Ambiguity

There was, however, still some ambiguity with regard to the roles to be given to Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid, both of whom were picked by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) - comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V. V. S. Laxman - as bowling consultant and batting consultant for overseas Test engagements.

The BCCI is likely to talk to them and may restrict their activity to camps run in India, with the CoA reportedly expressing reservations about their spending some time with the Indian team on overseas tours. While Dravid now has a full contract with the BCCI as head coach of the India Under-19 and À’teams, Khan has to get rid of his agreement with Delhi Daredevils, in order to make himself available for any work with the BCCI. CAC member Tendulkar may be also added to the team of consultants.

The special committee and BCCI has also cleared Paras Mhambrey as bowling coach of the India À’team, besides giving him a role at the NCA. Tushar Arothe was cleared as coach of the women’s team for two years and other staff for the junior teams.

Shastri said he has spoken to all those who are considered for consultant roles. Further, he said: “I was in England and watching tennis. I was very clear in my mind what my core team would be.”

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