Dravid unwilling to travel abroad with team

According to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai, the legendary batsman had conveyed that he was unwilling to travel abroad with the team. This after the CAC had spoken to Dravid on his assignment as batting consultant.

The CAC had recommended the name of Dravid as batting consultant for the Indian team.   -  Sudhakara Jain

 

The move by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) to rope in Rahul Dravid as batting consultant for India’s overseas Tests has fallen flat.

According to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai, the legendary batsman had conveyed that he was unwilling to travel abroad with the team. This after the CAC had spoken to Dravid on his assignment as batting consultant.

The CAC had recommended the names of Dravid and Zaheer Khan, the latter for helping the bowlers.

The involvement of Zaheer was also put on hold since the CoA has asked him to clarify on his association with the Indian Premier League (IPL). “We don't want an ad hoc thing. We must prepare a template where Zaheer and Dravid will definitely figure in the panel depending on type of coach required at any point of time. The template will be fixed only after consulting the persons involved.”

The CoA has meanwhile received applications for the post of team manager and the process would be completed by Tuesday.

Thirteen of the 35 candidates for the manager’s post were short listed even as there was objection to the application by Anil Patel, who has been the manager of the team since New Zealand’s tour to India. It is understood that no international cricketer has applied for the manager’s post.

The meeting also approved the one-time payment of Rs. 35 lakh to nine cricketers who have played from one to nine Tests.

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