Zaheer's, too, is a need-based appointment

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Shastri will be head coach of the Indian team till 2019 World Cup.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Thursday made it clear that Zaheer Khan's appointment as bowling consultant of the Indian cricket team is also tour-specific, just like batting consultant Rahul Dravid.

Following intense melodrama over Anil Kumble's strict disciplinarian approach, India team has got what it wanted, Ravi Shastri who has been associated with India cricket team either officially or unofficially till now.

Zaheer Khan, who last played global cricket in 2014, is considered to be one of finest exponents of swing bowling India has ever produced.

However, Ganguly, who had a rift with Shastri, reportedly ditched the latter's choice and went on to convince the CAC about Zaheer's appointment as bowling coach.

If Arun is indeed hired as the bowling coach and Zaheer Khan is there as the bowling consultant, India will have two experts in the department.

Rahul Dravid will take charge as the batting consultant for the team on overseas tours.

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Ganguly, who was overseeing the interview process of India's head coach, on Tuesday reiterated that the CAC would keep skipper Virat Kohli in the loop before reaching any conclusion.

Ravi Shastri is the new head coach of India, revealed BCCI.

Ravi Shastri said that there has always been a feeling of mutual respect between him and Sourav Ganguly despite their bitter relations. Shastri replaced Anil Kumble, who exited after a much publicised difference of opinion with captain Virat Kohli.

Shastri was appointed as the Director of the team in 2014.

According to reports, majority of CAC was in favour of Sehwag's appointment for role of coach, but failed to make a unanimous decision.

Ravi Shastri, during his tenure with the team as director had guided India to the semi-finals of the 2015 ICC World Cup and the 2016 ICC WT20.

Unlike Sehwag, Moody, Rajput and Pybus, Shastri had not applied for the post when the BCCI invited applications in the last week of May after Kumble's one-year contract expired.