Arun was also the Hyderabad coach last season, and though the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) officials are keen to extend his contract, the 54-year-old may have to let go of that job too, should he bag a BCCI contract. "I will observe and offer my thoughts to players and coaches to stimulate good cricket conversations and offer any advice utilising my experience from other coaching roles", he concluded. It's really a comfort level that you need to have.
Robin, who was sacked as fielding coach following India's poor performance in the 2009 T20 World Cup and Champions Trophy, said he was not in a position to comment on the Kohli-Kumble saga.
"The CoA has made a decision to grant Shastri his wish as it is no secret that the head coach will have to work with the bowling coach on a full-time basis and there should be clear communication and understanding between the two individuals".
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Accordingly, after reports surfaced on Sunday that new India coach Ravi Shastri's "favourite" Bharat Arun was named as the team's bowling coach by the powerful Committee of Administrators (COA), Arun himself has played those reports down.
Arun was India's bowling coach from 2014 to 2016 and formed a strong partnership with Shastri when he was the team director.
The CAC, comprising former India captains Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar along with former batsman V.V.S. Laxman, had suggested Zaheer Khan as bowling consultant and Rahul Dravid as overseas batting consultant for the India team. However, both appointments, especially that of Zaheer, ran into trouble when the COA took offence over what it interpreted as the CAC going beyond its brief and appointing the support staff too. "The support staff has been decided in consultation with the head coach". And now, the appointment of the support staff is getting its share of undue controversy.
Singh's opinions do make sense, as do Shastri's, but the question to be asked here was why and how were the aforementioned consultants appointed without taking the head coach into confidence?
Why were Dravid and Khan appointed if Shastri wasn't comfortable with them if at all the "process" of taking the coach into confidence isn't as farcical as the entire coach-selection saga has appeared to be?