Mumbai, July 19: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday named Bharat Arun as the bowling coach of the Indian cricket team. Sanjay Bangar is appointed as assistant coach. Both appointments will stand till the 2019 ICC World Cup. Notably, the decision of BCCI comes after newly-appointed chief coach Ravi Shastri's demand.
Addressing a press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday, BCCI’s acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary announced that the cricket body has also decided to retain Sanjay Bangar as the assistant coach and R Sridhar as fielding coach till the 2019 ODI World Cup.
The confirmation of their appointment came after newly appointed Indian coach Ravi Shastri met the four-member committee comprising of acting president CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and Committee of Administrators member Diana Edulji in Mumbai earlier today.
Meanwhile, speaking to reporters for the first time after being named as Team India’s head coach, Ravi Shastri said he was very clear in his mind about what his core team would be like. When asked about Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid who was earlier named as bowling and batting consultants, Shastri said, both of them are fantastic cricketers and their contribution will depend on their availability.
However, Zaheer Khan will remain a consultant for Team India's bowling unit. According to the sources, Zaheer is unlikely to give around 250 days a year that a full-time bowling coach will be required to and may not be available for more than 100 days.
Earlier, BCCI appointed the former India all-rounder and team director Ravi Shastri as a head coach of the national side until the 2019 World Cup. Whereas, Zaheer Khan was named as bowling consultant for the same tenure while Rahul Dravid will be India's batting consultant for overseas Test series.