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Shastri scores, BCCI appoints Bharat Arun bowling coach

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July 18, 2017

India’s new head coach Ravi Shastri gets his way.

On the basis of Shastri’s recommendation, the BCCI has appointed Bharat Arun as bowling coach for Team India.

Shastri put forth Arun’s name in his meeting with the BCCI on Monday in Mumbai.

Arun has been appointed as India’s bowling coach on a two-year contract. Sanjay Bangar has been appointed assistant coach. No decision on Rahul Dravid’s contract yet.

Shastri’s choice of bowling coach was always Arun and it is now apparent that Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) did not take the new head coach into confidence while recommending Zaheer as the bowling coach although his role would be similar to that of Rahul Dravid — that of a consultant.

Arun and Shastri go back a long way having been buddies since their Under-19 days back in the early 80’s. It was on Shastri’s recommendation that erstwhile president Narayanswami Srinivasan gave a go-ahead to Arun’s appointment with the senior team when he was the bowling consultant at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

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