Shastri wants Sachin on board but conflict of interest rule applies

Posted July 20, 2017

After endless controversies, former India cricketer, Ravi Shastri, was chosen as India's head coach till 2019 World Cup. I will carry on from where I left. Later, India thumped South Africa 3-0 in home Test series and reached semi-finals of 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20. We have created a culture that we can win a Test of a series in any condition. "He knows these boys better than I do because he has been in the system for the last 15 years", said Ravi Shastri.

Arun's journey with Shastri at the helm began after India lost the Test series to England in 2014. "Regardless of what happens outside the dressing room, we are a team", he went on when asked about the scrutiny he was likely to be under.

"I never come with any baggage". I know what's expected and what's on the plate.

The official announcement of Shastri replacing Anil Kumble as the head coach of the team came after a long-drawn selection process involving the Cricket Advisory Committee, which consisted of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. "The only thing it has taught me is that I shouldn't have taken anyone on face value", Rai said about the way the BCCI works. "Having got back into the side now, it's an even bigger challenge for me to be a good value addition to the team", said Arun. It is understood that Shastri had clearly expressed his preference for Arun, his team-mate from Under-19 and India days, in his meeting with Johri on Monday.

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Shastri's package is Rs 1.5 crore more than that of his predecessor Anil Kumble, who resigned from the post in June. We would want to continue the way we played the last time. The pacer has a contract with Sony Six, which he has to give up as BCCI rules don't permit any member of the support staff to have media commitments.

Kohli said, "We two have worked together in the past, so there will be no problem in adjusting". We showed more belief in our abilities and that we could win from any situation and from then on you could see the results that we have had so far.

"I certainly don't take any added pressure because the responsibility has been given to me. I don't think it will require any effort", said the India skipper ahead of the team's departure for Sri Lanka featuring three Tests, five ODIs and a T20I starting July 26. Think about one's hiding what they want, everyone's sniping at someone, there's zero secrecy around the power games being played, and there's no need for anyone to read between the lines.