BCCI announce Ravi Shastri's support staff for Team India

Also, no contract has been awarded to India U-19 and India "A" coach Rahul Dravid.

When asked about Dravid and Zaheer's appointment, Shastri said: "I have spoken to both the individuals three or four days ago".

Bangar and Sridhar were also part of the team under Shastri from August 2014 to July 2016. They will be on board once they have spoken to the authorities concerned. The board had earlier "appointed" Dravid and Zaheer as overseas Test batting consultant and bowling consultants respectively, only for the Committee of Administrators to clarify that they were merely "recommendations" and not appointments.

Shastri, though, said Dravid and Zaheer were most welcome as consultants to give their "invaluable" inputs. But their inputs will be invaluable and they are most welcome. There is a support staff in place and has worked with this team for a while now. I would like to thank the CAC.

Gillespie is the current Australia "A" and Adelaide Strikers head coach, but will be able to link up with the PNG team as the "A" tour to South Africa was cancelled, due to the ongoing pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association. "I thank them for thinking I'm worthy enough to do the job".

Head coach Ravi Shastri said that this was the "exact core" he had in mind when he was appointed for the high profile job by CAC. The 55-year-old also expressed concerns about Khan's availability in a full-time role as the former India pacer reportedly was willing to work only for 100 days, as opposed to 250 days a full-time staff is expected to spend with the national team. The CoA members reportedly held a meeting and made a decision to give Shastri his own set of coaching staff.

The Barramundis are set for a busy few months ahead with a series of games against the National Performance Squad, the Australian Indigenous team and other Australian state sides, before hosting Scotland in the ICC Intercontinental Cup (ICUP)/World Cricket League Championships (WCLC) Round 6 fixtures in Port Moresby in October. He didn't have a distinguished playing career but has always been regarded as a great academy coach with a sound grip on the theories related to fast bowling.

Vanessa Coleman

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