The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) has sent a letter to CoA chief Vinod Rai, claiming that appointments of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan were forced not upon head coach Ravi Shastri.
In the letter, the CAC comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri said, "We spoke to Mr Shastri about getting Mr Khan and Mr Dravid on board in these capacities, and he readily agreed to the idea of having them in the set-up so that it would benefit the team and Indian cricket as a whole in time to come. It was only after getting Mr Shastri's consent that we also recommended Mr Khan and Mr Dravid, in their respective capacities," a PTI report said.
"There have been suggestions that the CAC has exceeded its ambit in going with MR Khan and Mr Dravid and these two legends of Indian cricket has been foisted on the head coach. Also we did inform you (Rai) over the phone along with Rahul Johri and Amitabh Choudhary of all that transpired immediately after the meeting was over," the letter added according to the PTI report.
The concluding part of the letter read, "As we have outlined, that (forcing Zaheer and Dravid on Shastri) is not the case, it is imperative that the cricket- loving public at large is made aware of the reality. We could do it ourselves, of course, but we don't want to further queer the pitch. So we would respectfully request you to clear the air and set the record straight in this regard.”
--By A Cricket Correspondent