Just two days after being appointed as Team India head coach, Ravi Shastri has already made a demand. He wants Bharat Arun as the bowling coach, with Zaheer Khan assisting him.
According to a close source, “Shastri has asked for just one thing. He doesn’t mind Zaheer as a consultant. But Arun has more technical experience in ironing out flaws,” according to Times of India. The source further added, No doubt Zaheer has a lot of knowledge. But he has no coaching experience. Everyone saw what happened with Anil Kumble. He can be groomed into a bowling coach.”
Also the fact the Zaheer will not be able to serve the time on a full-time basis will also help Arun’s case. “Is Zaheer willing to give 250 days a year to the team. He can come in and help Arun in that case,” the source said.
The BCCI has apparently have been wanting to rope in Zaheer for a long time, but they could not match Zaheer’s demand of Rs. 4 crores. “The board has been chasing him for over a year now. He was reluctant to do full-time job then. He hasn’t said ‘No’ yet. So the decision as per the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) stands, once he sees the agreement, then he can decide for himself. As of now, he should be travelling to Sri Lanka with the team next week,” a top BCCI official told TOI.
If Zaheer does agree to a full-time job, then the BCCI will have to pay a compensation to Delhi Daredevils (DD), just like they did for Rahul Dravid. “It will clearly overshoot the board’s budget. And it doesn’t look nice to have major disparity in salaries of the support staff. It will be interesting once the contract is rolled out,” the official said.