Former India cricketers Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy formed the panel for the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and were tasked at picking the head coach of the Indian cricket team. They carried out five interviews before announcing Ravi Shastri as the head coach. The former Indian all-rounder has now received an extension until the 2021 T20 World Cup which is slated to take place in India.
This three-member CAC expressed its desire to be involved in the process of picking the support staff as well. They want to voice their opinion and hence, have written to the board stating the same. Kapil Dev felt that the step has to be taken for the benefit of the team as the CAC and the chief selector MSK Prasad will be able to explore more options while appointing the support staff.
“Yes, our opinion should be there. If you ask me, we have (sent) a recommendation to the board about the selection process of the support staff as well. It is not right if we are not doing that job also. We told them that we would like to be part of the process that finalises the appointment,” Kapil Dev was quoted saying in the press conference while announcing the head coach.
However, according to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), the support staff is to be picked by the selectors. CAC’s only task was to pick a head coach. Hence, it is understood that the Kapil Dev-led committee has written to the CoA as well. A board functionary confirmed the same and also stated that the latter is in a spot of bother now.
Interesting times ahead for sure
When asked about what could be CoA’s response and the solution for this request, the functionary replied by saying there are ‘interesting times ahead for sure’ and explained that there is always scope for guidance. “Well, you can always have scope for guidance, if you don’t wish to cut them off completely and that is something the CoA has to decide over the weekend as the process of selecting the support staff starts from Monday.
“The CoA also has the option of making it clear to the CAC how the constitution works. Going against the constitution can put the CoA in trouble as it is they who got the new constitution registered. Interesting times ahead for sure,” the functionary was quoted as saying by Times Now.
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