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Zaheer Khan not too keen on consultant role with Indian team

Zaheer has loads of experience but this might not be the right time to bring him to the fold.

Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan. (© PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

Off field incidents in Indian cricket have been in a lot of news in the last couple of months and it seems, the controversies are not going to be doused anytime soon. In a recent development, it is learned that former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan may not take up the bowling consultant role appointed to him by the BCCI.

Tumult over Dravid, Zaheer appointment

There was a lot of clamor when the CAC bowled a googly by appointing Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid as bowling and batting consultants for overseas tours along with Ravi Shastri as the head coach. There was a vacancy for just the head coach role but the CAC led by Ganguly, Sachin and Laxman appointed two legends of Indian cricket, reportedly in a bit to avoid giving all the control to Shastri. But the former Indian team director was adamant on picking his own support staff.

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As things stand, Shastri’s wish of getting Bharat Arun as the designated bowling coach has been fulfilled which has left Zaheer in the lurch. There has been no official appointment on what the exact role of Zaheer is. It has been said that he will be involved with the team on a tour-to-tour basis for a few days.

With Arun already with the team, no need of Zaheer

According to the reports of the Hindustan Times, Zaheer may not finally take up the role due to his commitments with Delhi Daredevils. The CoA has made it clear that no individual can hold two positions at the same time to avoid the conflict of interest problem. He will not only have to quit his role with the Daredevils but also stop commentating in various series, which Zaheer actively does these days.

Bharat Arun’s presence in the support staff may stop Zaheer from taking up the role. Having two bowling coaches in the side will never make sense, which means that Zaheer will not be making a return in the Indian set up in the near future.

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