New Delhi: After Anil Kumble emerged as the consensus candidate to take up India's coaching job, the Cricket Advisory Committee recommended Ravi Shastri's name for batting coach.
Despite not picking Shastri as head coach, the CAC wanted him to continue working with the team in a new role.
According to a report in the Indian Express, this proposal was shot down by the BCCI.
The Indian cricket board was quick to assert authority over the high-profile CAC.
“It was a long meeting, which lasted seven-eight hours. Ideas were bounced off. Yes, the panel recommended Shastri’s name as batting coach, at which point I intervened. The committee’s mandate was restricted to appointing the head coach of the Indian team and I just reminded them that,” BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke told the newspaper.
BCCI wanted Kumble to appoint his own support staff team.
“We have taken a decision that like all professional sporting set-ups, the head coach will bring his own team of support staff. The BCCI is striving for transparency, professionalism and excellence,” Shirke further added.
Kumble opted for Abhay Sharma and Sanjay Bangar as fielding and batting coach respectively. The legendary leg-spinner will double up as India's bowling coach.
Kumble was offered a one-year contract by the BCCI and his first assignment with the team is next month's West Indies tour.