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Meanwhile, CoA chief Vinod Rai said on Saturday that Dravid and Zaheer are yet to be appointed and the final decision will only be taken after consultation with Shastri. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) had put the contract drafts for the three new appointees - Shastri, Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan - on hold and will discuss the contracts at a meeting here on Saturday.

He added that the clause that suggests "he'll be called whenever he is needed" doesn't really mean that Dravid would have to travel with Indian team on every overseas tour.

Edulji and BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary are the other members of the committee which will meet on July 19.

Shastri is in London and will meet the CoA right after touching down in Mumbai.

The new committee will submit its recommendation following a meeting on July 22 in New Delhi.

"For further coaches and others, (we) must have discussions with Ravi Shastri". We have set up a committee and they will speak to the CAC, communicate with them after talking to Shastri. What makes things even more surprising is the fact that a couple of days back, it was the COA which had praised the CAC for successfully appointing the head coach and support staff of the Indian team.

Earlier there were reports which said that Shastri was unhappy with the appointment of Zaheer as bowling coach as he wanted to bring his trusted man Arun for the job.

The CoA later released a media release in the wake of the CAC letter and clarified that Zaheer and Dravid have been appointed as the consultants and they would be a part of the team during specific overseas tours. "Whether it's Zaheer Khan or Dravid, they have other assignments". It's only a recommendation. "A recommendation has been made and the CoA has to act on the recommendation, that recommendation will be acted upon in consultation with the head coach", he added.

"We spoke to Mr Shastri about getting Mr Khan and Mr Dravid on board in these capacities, and he readily agreed to the idea of having them in the set-up so that it could benefit the team and Indian cricket as a whole in time to come", the CAC wrote in its letter. It seems that with his multiple commitments and responsibilities with Indian youth cricket, he can not invest much in the senior team's development.

Meanwhile, it was also made a decision to release advertisement for team managers for the senior team, India "A" team and the under-19 team.


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