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Bhajji, Raina, Kaif hail Zaheer being named India bowling consultant

IANS logoIANS 12-07-2017

"Very happy for my brother @ImZaheer being appointed bowling coach for @BCCI! All the best with this new role fella #bestchoice #bestbowler," veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who won the 2011 ODI World Cup with Zaheer, tweeted.

Veteran batsman Suresh Raina added: "Congratulations @ImZaheer @RaviShastriOfc & #RahulDravid. Best wishes for a successful tenure with TeamIndia."

Former India batsman Mohammed Kaif also hailed the decision, terming it as a "fantastic move". Kaif also hoped that the focus will now be on cricket after the India coach issued dragged on for a long time.

"Having @ImZaheer as bowling coach is a fantastic move. Wish Team India good luck under Ravi Shastri. Hopefully d focus will be on cricket now," Kaif tweeted.

After much deliberations, CAC members Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman chose the 55-year-old Shastri as the head coach for a two-year tenure, lasting till the 2019 ICC World Cup.

Shastri had earlier served as the Team Director from 2014 to 2016, when he guided the team to the semi-finals of the 2015 ICC World Cup and 2016 ICC World T20.

Besides Shastri, former India pacer Zaheer Khan and current India A and Under-19 coach Rahul Dravid were selected as the bowling consultant and overseas batting consultant, respectively.

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