The recent controversy surrounding the Kapil Dev-Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) looks set to affect India head coach Ravi Shastri too. Last month, the three-member panel comprising of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy re-appointed Ravi Shastri as the head coach. The panel interviewed five candidates before picking Shastri as their choice.
The other candidates who were interviewed by the trio were Mike Hesson, Tom Moody and former India cricketers Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh. The whole interview, however, is in danger of being conducted again after the CAC members landed in hot water. BCCI Ethics Officer DK Jain has served a conflict of interest notice to Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy. Jain took the decision after MPCA life member Sanjeev Gupta alleged that the trio is conflicted as per the Lodha Panel’s proposal of one man, one post.
Interview to be held again?
If the CAC members are found guilty of conflicting the rules, then Ravi Shastri looks set to undergo the interview of coach selection again. A senior BCCI official has said that India head coach will have to appointed again if Jain finds the trio guilty. In that case, the BCCI will form a new panel to appoint the head coach once again.
“The appointment of Shastri as the head coach will obviously have to be done once again if the committee members who appointed him are found to have a conflict of interest. A new committee will then have to be formed and the whole process has to be re-opened and re-done keeping the newly registered BCCI constitution in mind as the constitution now clearly says that only a CAC can appoint the head coach of the Indian team,” the BCCI functionary was quoted as saying by NDTV.
Meanwhile, Shantha Rangaswamy has stepped down from her position as a Cricket Advisory Committee member and director of the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) after being served the notice. As per reports, she sent her resignation letter to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri on Sunday.
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