Cricket legend Tendulkar clarifies CAC members’ selection of Rahul Dravid as the batting consultant and Zaheer Khan as the bowling consultant is not imposed on
Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Sourav Ganguly. Pic/ AFP
While Ravi Shastri was appointed as the new head coach for Team India, former cricketer Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid were appointed as the bowling and batting consultants respectively. This move, however, created quite a media stir with Cricket Advisory Committee members Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman penning letters to CoA head Vinod Rai as well as BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary.
The CAC members’s selection of Rahul Dravid as the batting consultant and Zaheer Khan as the bowling consultant has apparently been presented as an impose on Ravi Shastri, but they have denied any such reports.
As reported by Hindustan Times, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar’s letter to the CoA was quite impactful. Sachin stated, There have been suggestions that the CAC has exceeded its ambit in going with Mr Khan and Mr Dravid, and these two legends of Indian cricket have been foisted on the head coach. It has both pained and disappointed us therefore to see the light in which the CAC has been portrayed in various sections of the media.’
Sachin Tendulkar further stated, ‘While we all know that none of these reports are true, it is out in public domain and it is imperative that the cricket-loving public at large is made aware of the reality. We could do it ourselves, of course, but we don’t want to further queer the pitch. So, we would respectfully request you to clear the air and set the record straight in this regard.’
Apparently, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman have been majorly disappointed with how the entire CAC panel has been showcased in various media.
One of the letters also went on to state that the cricket body had issued a free hand to the CAC trio – Ganguly, Tendulkar and Laxman – in their selection of India’s new coach.
Ravi Shastri, in the meanwhile, has voiced his intention to be able to select his own support staff – primarily making things clear that he would prefer Bharat Arun in Team India’s camp as the bowling coach.