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Back From Holiday, Shastri Picks “Core Team”, Skips Dravid & Zak

Because the holiday could not have been cut short to spare Zaheer and Dravid the humiliation?

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Virtually snubbing the CAC selection of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as overseas consultants, newly-appointed head coach of the Indian cricket team Ravi Shastri on Tuesday had his way when the BCCI announced the return of Bharat Arun as bowling coach.

At a media conference, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary also declared the elevation of Sanjay Bangar as assistant coach and retained R. Sridhar as the fielding coach till the 2019 ICC World Cup.

"I was clear in my head about my core team. And what you just heard is my core team," Shastri told reporters after the announcement by the BCCI in his presence.

Shastri's remarks on Tuesday left it unclear on the roles of former India stalwarts Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan who were announced as overseas batting and bowling consultants respectively by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman.

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