I don't like to work with people who I don't know. "All you can do as a coach is present your case on how you think you can make a difference and help the team perform better", he said.
Emphasizing that this is sort of an arrangement isn't limited to just cricket, Singh said, "You can ask anyone around - whether it's cricket or a company". I don't think there is a controversy. "It's as simple as that".
However, on Saturday, the chairman of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) - appointed by the Supreme Court to oversee the day-to-day operations of the BCCI until such time a new constitution is adopted - Vinod Rai, nullified those appointments by stating that Dravid and Khan's names were mere recommendations made by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) - tasked by the BCCI to pick the head coach, amongst other responsibilities - to the CoA.
Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie has admitted of having "seriously considered" of applying for India coaching job, which is now been filled with the appointment of Ravi Shastri. However, both appointments, especially that of Zaheer, ran into trouble when the COA took offence over what it interpreted as the CAC going beyond its brief and appointing the support staff too. Coming to the inclusion of Rahul Dravid as batting coach and Zaheer Khan as bowling coach, there is absolutely no doubt over their excellent credentials and the kind of massive valuable inputs both can give to this team.
Robin Singh has been involved in the coaching setup of the Mumbai Indians. The head coach position was vacant after Anil Kumble stepped down saying his relationship with captain Virat Kohli had become "untenable".
The CAC equally assessed all the candidates, but the reason Shastri won the race was his understanding of the work ethic put in place by the existing support staff members who have worked with the team for close to three years, according to the report.
Meanwhile, the contracts of support staff along with Shastri's salary are expected to be finalised on Tuesday when the four-member committee meets the head coach. In selected as the bowling coach of the Indian cricket team, he will have to relinquish his positions both in the TNPL and IPL, as the new BCCI rules have been created to crack down on conflicts of interest.