Bharat Arun was appointed as the new bowling coach of Team India by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on 18 July 2017.
The decision was announced during a press briefing held by the newly appointed Indian team coach Ravi Shastri after meeting the four-member BCCI panel.
Shastri also welcomed both Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan on board as batting and bowling consultants and said that the contracts of the duo will be finalised by the BCCI officials.
He, however, stated that while he is happy to have the services of the former Indian cricketing greats, he wants full-time assistant coaches according to his choice. He said that he needed someone like Arun to be around the team to see that Zaheer’s suggestions are being implemented.
• Arun has been handed a full-time role, as bowling consultant Zaheer Khan will only be available for 150 days a year.
• Sanjay Bangar will continue as the assistant batting coach of the team while R Sridhar will continue as the fielding coach of the team.
• All the three appointments have been made for a two-year period.
• Bharat Arun has been reappointed to the role he fulfilled during Ravi Shastri's tenure as team director from August 2014 to April 2016.
• The Indian cricket team did not have a bowling coach since Arun's contract expired in 2016.
• Both Bangar and Sridhar were given one-year extensions in June 2016.
Arun, the 54-year-old former Indian bowler, was Shastri's teammate from their Under-19 and India days.
The decision to appoint him, as well as to extend the contracts of both Bangar and Sridhar was taken at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai by the chairman of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) Vinod Rai after he heard recommendations from the four-member committee formed in the wake of Shastri's appointment to take a call on the assistant coaches of the Indian team.
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