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Jul 18, 2017 04:14 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Shastri's picks Bangar, Arun to be Indian cricket team's batting, bowling coaches

Both Bangar and Arun have been awarded two-year contracts similar to that of Ravi Shastri that will run till the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed admission of Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun to the Indian cricket team's coaching staff in Mumbai on Tuesday.

The announcement to include Sanjay Bangar as the batting coach and Bharat Arun as the bowling coach was made during a media address by BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary and the newly appointed head coach of the Indian cricket team.

Both Bangar and Arun have been awarded two-year contracts similar to that of Ravi Shastri that will run till the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.

The Board also announced that R Sridhar will continue as the fielding coach.

Talking about Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan's position as the batting and bowling consultants, the Board said that no decision has been taken on the issue yet.

Ravi Shastri, head coach of the Indian cricket team said, "I would like to thank the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). It is a privilege and honour to be the coach of the Indian team and I would like to thank them for that".

On July 12, Ravi Shastri had been appointed head coach of the Indian cricket team.

Former pacer Zaheer Khan and batting legend Rahul Dravid were declared the bowling and batting consultants. However, the BCCI later retracted Zaheer and Dravid's appointment.

The Board had received ten applications for the position, a significant dip from the 56 candidates that applied for the job last year.

In a surprise move, the BCCI had in June declined to renew former Indian captain Anil Kumble's contract as it neared its end, in spite of a commendable performance. In fact, it went on to invite applications for the top job just before the Champions Trophy. This had first sparked speculations about a possible spat between Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli.

Soon after India’s loss to Pakistan in the finals of the tournament, the spinner announced his resignation in a letter to the BCCI. Reports of tiff were confirmed after Kumble called his partnership with Kohli "untenable".
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