Bharat Arun and Sanjay Bangar have been appointed as India bowling and assistant coaches respectively.
According to ESPN Cricinfo, the decision was taken by a four-member BCCI committee and India head coach Ravi Shastri.
The appointment of Arun and Bangar will serve to clear up any confusion surrounding the roles of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan, who will serve as batting and bowling consultants for overseas tours.
‘I have spoken to both the individuals as good as three or four days ago. They were fantastic cricketers for India, and their inputs will be invaluable. They will be on board once they have spoken to the authorities concerned, so there are no issues on that,’ Shastri told reporters regarding Khan and Dravid.
Shastri said further that he always intended Arun and Bangar to be part of the coaching team on a full-time basis.
‘I was in England. I was watching tennis. I was very clear in my mind what my core team will be. What you just heard is my core team,’ added Shastri.
BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary refuted the claim that there was any confusion over the roles of Shastri’s assistants, saying that the former India all-rounder had requested a core team which always comprised Arun and Bangar.
‘In the first place, I am absolutely clear in my view that it was not a fiasco,’ Choudhary said.
‘As Ravi explained, once he was appointed head coach, he obviously had to think of his responsibilities which come with the appointment. As he has made abundantly clear, he wanted his core team.
‘The other two gentlemen [Dravid and Zaheer] he has spoken to personally, [and] they will be consultants.’
Incumbent physio Patrick Farhart and trainer Shankar Basu will be retained as part of India’s backroom staff.
Kohli spoke of his relationship with Shastri.
‘We have worked together for three years. I don’t think I need to understand anything else. We know what’s expected and what’s on the plate. I don’t think it will require any effort,’ Kohli told the media.
‘A lot of speculations and lot of things fly around, those things are not in my control.
‘My job is to try and get the best out of this team along with the management and perform to the best of my abilities which I believe in.’
India will depart for a tour of Sri Lanka on 19 July.