In a major jolt to the Indian team, former captain Rahul Dravid has refused to take over as India's batting consultant for overseas tour. Dravid is already the coach of the India Under-19 coach and the India A side. Dravid has not gone with the Indian team to Sri Lanka as he will travel to South Africa with the India A side, where they will play two four-day games followed by a tri-series.
Dravid however, is happy to assist Team India in their preparatory camps at home, but has said no to travel overseas with the team. "He [Dravid] is not traveling to Sri Lanka since he would be heading to South Africa for an India A tour. It is the South Africa tour for which BCCI wants him on board as it is going to be a very tough tour and the team will need his expert advice," a BCCI official said, according to a report on Tribune.
It added: "Since Dravid is also the coach of India A and Under-19 teams, it would be difficult for him to travel for longer periods with the senior team. India colts [U19 team] tour regularly for various competitions, so Dravid appears more comfortable attending training sessions in India."
Ravi Shastri and his coaching staff are now entitled to a 10 percent hike in the second year if their two-year contract. Shastri, Bharat Arun, Sanjay Bangar, MV Sridhar and others were appointed as coaches of Team India, keeping in mind the ICC World Cup 2019.
It is believed that Shastri will earn Rs. 7.5 crores in the first year. However, for his second year of his service, he will be earning Rs. 8.25 crores. Even Under-19 and India A coach Rahul Dravid will get a 10 percent hike after the completion of one year.
Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli and the entire Indian team landed in Sri Lanka earlier on Thursday. India will play a 2-day practice match on Friday and then will play the first Test at Galle on July 26. The last time India toured Sri Lanka, they won the three-match Test series 2-1. However, this time, they will play three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off T20I. This is India's first full tour to Sri Lanka in 8 years.
In a series of tweets, Guha said, "The shameful treatment of Anil Kumble has now been compounded by the cavalier treatment of Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid," the historian tweeted.
"Kumble, Dravid and Zaheer were true greats of the game who gave it all on the field. They did not deserve this public humiliation," he added.
Team India head coach Ravi Shastri will be paid between Rs 7 crore to Rs 7.5 crore if some media reports are to be believed. The Times of India reported that BCCI is going to offer Shastri Rs 7 crore per annum.
A BCCI official was quoted as saying on TOI, "BCCI is going to make an offer of more than Rs 7 crore to Shastri. This is the same amount which (predecessor) Anil Kumble had asked the board during his presentation in May. But it can't be more than Rs 7.5 crore annually."
The same report also mentioned that Shastri's earlier package as Team Director was also between Rs 7 to 7.5 crore. Also, the support staff will be getting not more than Rs 2 crore per year.
"The support staff bracket (batting and bowling coach) won't exceed the Rs 2 cr mark. The board is in the process of finalising contracts as soon as possible," the official added.
On the other hand, Rahul Dravid is expected to be paid Rs 4.5 crore for the first year and Rs 5 crore in the second year for his services as coach of the India 'A' and U19 teams. If he is roped in as the batting consultant, he will make extra money.
There is more confusion within the BCCI as the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) has said that the names of Zaheer Khan as bowling coach and Rahul Dravid as batting coach for overseas tours were just recommendations and have not been confirmed. Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Vinod Rai asid that it is up to the him, Diana Edulji and Vikram Limaye to act upon the recommendations made by the CAC.
"For further coaches and others, (we) must have discussions with Ravi Shastri. Then we set up a committee of Diana (Edulji), acting president (CK Khanna), secretary (Amitabh Choudhary) and CEO (Rahul Johri) as the convener," Rai said, according to cricbuzz.com.
A day after the appointment of Ravi Shastri as head coach, he was adamant that he wanted a backroom staff of his own, which included having Bharat Arun as the bowling coach. However, Shastri welcomed Dravid and Zaheer's appointment saying that their inputs will be invaluable.
After the entire saga between Cricket Advisory Committee and Ravi Shastri, where mud is still being flicked by both parties, the BCCI has come out in support of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman and the CAC has put the contracts of Ravi Shastri, Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan on hold until a meeting on Saturday, 15th, as quoted by Times of India.
The Board of Control for Cricket In India has clarified in a statement that Zaheer Khan has only been appointed as India's bowling consultant for certain overseas tours and not as a bowling coach, as quoted by various sections of the media earlier. This news comes in the wake of Ravi Shastri apparently being unhappy with the CAC having a say in appointing Zaheer Khan because Ravi himself wanted to bring in his trusted man, Bharat Arun for the head of bowling coach role.
Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid will continue as India A and U19 coach for the coming two years said BCCI through a tweet.
Rahul Dravid had been serving as the coach of the junior team for the last two years as well and in his tenure, took the U19 team to the final of the U19 World Cup where they lost to West Indies. He has also been working closely with the India A side, which performed exceedingly well in Australian last year.
The 44-year-old was also coaching and mentoring the Delhi Daredevils side for the last two editions as well. As per Lodha Committee recommendations, Rahul had to choose between coaching the Daredevils and India's junior and A sides. It is good for Indian cricket that he has chosen to serve the nation than the IPL side.
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) have decided that the contract of national coaches will be of two years. All the coaches, from senior team to the U19 level will have to stick by this rule. National coaches, from hereon, cannot coach any other side, including IPL franchisees.
This decision will affect Rahul Dravid’s coaching contract with Delhi Daredevils. If he gets the extension as Indian ‘A’ and U19 coach, he will have to do away with Daredevils’ coaching job.
“Now all contracts will be for two years,” said CoA chairman Vinod Rai, speaking to Indian Express. Another CoA member added, “Any new contract that the BCCI enters into will have to comply with the Lodha reforms. It can’t be in conflict. And the Lodha Committee recommendation clearly says that the national contracts should be of (at least) 12 months. So 10 months for the national team and two months with the IPL can no longer work.”
Meanwhile, BCCI has requested Indian senior team coach Anil Kumble to continue till the West Indies tour which begins on June 23, as the selection process might not be over till Champions Trophy.
Legendary Australian Ricky Ponting has reportedly given his vote to Rahul Dravid as the successor of Anil Kumble for the post of head coach for Team India. In a report quoted as per a Zeenews report, Ricky Ponting was quoted as saying, “"It's not my decision to make and it depends on what BCCI are looking for. Do they want an Indian coach or an overseas one? I don't think BCCI will find many better candidates than someone like him. If he's interested in doing the job, he will do a good job."s