Ravi Shastri, who was appointed head coach of the Indian team on July 11, will be assisted by Sanjay Bangar (assistant coach), Bharat Arun (bowling coach) and R. Sridhar (fielding coach) for a period of two years, renewable in July 2018. This team will begin its work from the tour of Sri Lanka. The Indian team will leave for Colombo on Wednesday after a media interaction in the afternoon at a hotel near the international airport.
Shastri is likely to receive around Rs 7.5 crore, Bangar (Rs 2.2 crore), Arun (Rs 2 crore) and Sridhar (Rs1.8 crore) for each of the two years. Bangar and Sridhar were in-charge of the Indian team during the limited- overs and Twenty20 series in the West Indies, after the ICC Champions Trophy and Anil Kumble’s withdrawal from the interview process for the post of head coach.Arun, who had worked with the India under-19 team for a number of years and was the bowling coach during Shastri’s first stint with the Indian team as Team Director, was added to the coaching staff at the meeting of the special committee drawn from the BCCI acting president C.K. Khanna, acting secretary, Amitabh Choudhary, CEO Rahul Johri and CoA member Diana Edulji.
The entire coaching and support staff have been asked to give declaration that they do not come under the conflict of interest rules. Apart from the cricket-related coaching staff, others who look after the fitness of the team, have also been asked to submit a similar declaration. While there was clarity on the travelling coaching staff team and their annual pay, there was still some ambiguity with regard to the roles to be given to Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid, both of whom were picked by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), as consultants of bowling and batting for overseas Tests.