Mumbai, July 16: Applications inviting candidates for the post of the new head coach of Team India and it’s support staff will be out soon but there remains uncertainty on the composition of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that will make the appointments official.
The new BCCI constitution has tasked the job of appointing the head coach and selection committee to the CAC.
In a Committee of Administrators (COA) meeting on Monday, the COA directed General Manager Saba Karim to suggest names that can be considered to form the new CAC. “After the names come up, the CoA, with the aid of the legal team, will have to adjudicate if they are clear of any conflict of interest,” a BCCI source told media.
The high-profile CAC that appointed Anil Kumble and Ravi Shastri as head coaches, now stands disbanded with both Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly having already submitted their resignations to the BCCI. The Ethics officer ruled that Ganguly and other member of the CAC, VVS Laxman, fell under the conflict of interest guidelines.
Earlier the appointment of women’s head coach was conducted by ad-hoc CAC comprising of Kapil Dev, Shanta Rangaswami and Anshuman Gaikwad. But they too could be affected under the strict conflict of interest rule.
“Kapil Dev and Shanta Rangaswami are directors in players association. If they stand for elections and are elected to Apex council than what happens?” a BCCI source said.
WV Raman’s appointment as the women’s team head coach was made by the ad-hoc committee and this appointment is being studied by the Ethics officer.
Meanwhile the current support staff led by head coach Ravi Shastri will be flying with the Indian team to the West Indies this month.
The BCCI will soon invite fresh applications for the Indian cricket team’s support staff, including the head coach, and incumbent Ravi Shastri will need to reapply once his contract expires after next month’s tour of the West Indies.
The support staff comprising Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar were given a 45-day extension following the World Cup, covering the West Indies tour from August 3 to September 3.
All of them can reapply but the team is set to have a new trainer and physio after the departure of Shankar Basu and Patrick Farhart respectively, following India’s semi-final exit in the World Cup.
After the West Indies tour, India’s home season kicks off with the series against South Africa beginning September 15. Agencies