Ramachandra Guha Slams BCCI For 'Public Humiliation' Of Rahul Dravid And Zaheer Khan

Ramachandra Guha, who had resigned from his position as one of the four members of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), has slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for its ‘cavalier’ treatment of Indian greats Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan.

Dravid and Zaheer were roped in as batting and bowling consultants along with head coach Ravi Shastri but as of now nothing is clear on their contracts. While the BCCI initially stated that Dravid will ply his services only in overseas Test tour, Zaheer would be the full-time bowling coach. However after reports suggested that Ravi Shastri is keen to have his own coaching staff, the BCCI took a u-turn, stating that Zaheer would also work on selected tours.

The whole saga took another unfortunate turn when CoA head Vinod Rai claimed that the Dravid and Zaheer were recommendations from the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and nothing has been finalised yet.

“There is no such thing as a contract yet. It is not an appointment. The recommendation has been made. And the CoA has to act on the recommendation. That recommendation will be acted upon in consultation with the head coach,” Rai has said on Saturday (July 15).

Disappointed with the unexpected turn of things, Guha took to Twitter to slam the board.

“The shameful treatment of Anil Kumble has now been compounded by the cavalier treatment of Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid,” Guha tweeted.

“Kumble, Dravid and Zaheer were true greats of the game who gave it all on the field. They did not deserve this public humiliation,” he further wrote.

Meanwhile, Shastri’s demand for his own support staff has miffed the CAC comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. The three-member panel had written a letter to the CoA to express their displeasure over the move made by Shastri.

“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 could benefit the team and Indian cricket as a whole in time to come,” the CAC wrote.

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