India news July 13, 2017

Cricket Advisory Committee defends Dravid, Zaheer appointments


VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly - part of the Cricket Advisory Committee - had recently come under criticism for over-reaching © AFP

Reverberations continued to be felt after the appointment of Ravi Shastri as India coach, as tension emerged between the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that appointed him and the BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA). After a CoA member reportedly suggested the CAC had exceeded its brief in appointing Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as consultants to support Shastri, the CAC hit back in an email in which it clarified its role in the process.

On Thursday, a CoA member was quoted in Indian media suggesting the CAC had overreached. In response the CAC sent the CoA an email addressed to chairman Vinod Rai, making it clear that it had informed both the new coach Shastri and the captain Virat Kohli that they would be joined by Dravid and Zaheer.

A member of the CAC strongly defended their appointments, saying the panel had got an email from Rai giving it full authority to oversee the coach recruitment process. "We have got an e-mail from the BCCI CEO [Rahul Johri] which had Vinod Rai saying you have got absolute free hand in deciding who will coach Indian cricket," a member, clearly incensed, said. "We have those e-mails. We are writing to Vinod Rai."

According to the CAC member, they have not received any direct communication from the CoA questioning their efforts in bringing Dravid and Zaheer on board. He also pointed out that the CAC had made sure both Shastri - "he was taken into confidence on everything, he was absolutely ready with it" - and Kohli were in the loop. "We have taken Virat Kohli into confidence. Every person who is involved knew about this".

The CAC member said that the panel was trying to clean up the mess created by the BCCI in the first place when it gave Anil Kumble a one-year contract. He added that the board had asked the panel about their recommendation for the position of coach - after an advertisement inviting new applications had been sent out - and they had replied saying Kumble remained their first choice.

But when he decided to resign, the CAC tried hard to, first repair the damage between Kumble and Kohli, and when that couldn't happen, pick the best available option in Shastri.

"We spoke to Kumble and we spoke to Virat on separate days. Then the BCCI representatives spoke to both of them together. After which Anil went out and resigned," the CAC member said.

But after all of this, the CAC member could not understand why they were being criticised. "You ask us to pick a coach and we do it honestly. And then we get battered for no fault of ours. We were asked to pick a coach last year independently. We picked the best candidate. That candidate gave you results for one year then you kicked him out. The CoA was nowhere in picture to solve the problem. We don't have the authority to solve the problem. If the CoA was in England and solved the problem, it wouldn't have come this far.

"Anil Kumble resigned. You advertised for the job on May 25. Then you advertised again accepting fresh applications till July 9. You got applications. Who picked the best person?"

Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Avinash Alva on July 15, 2017, 14:13 GMT

    How exactly was the CAC appointed. Only Ganguly as a succesful ex-captain is suited for the role.

  • Arvind on July 15, 2017, 11:35 GMT

    Ravi Shastri and his "reckons" and "feelings" are out of the commentary box for at least a year. Who cares about anything else?

  • Jose on July 15, 2017, 8:59 GMT

    @Alex on July 14, 2017, 18:26 GMT

    Everyone, including CAC members & BCCI officialdom seem to be forgetting what CAC stands for!

    The "A" in the CAC is "Advisory" and not "Appointing" . The CAC members could have pointed that out themselves. But couldn't, perhaps, resist the power.

    As you may agree, "power" comes in many forms. Power to recruit is one of them. When it comes to recruiting someone, for a position which is "supposed" to be important, the power-index goes up even further. May be irresistible?

    Now, they would realise that"power" is a double-edged sword. It cuts both ways.

  • Avinash Alva on July 15, 2017, 8:24 GMT

    Shastri delivered when given a chance. He may not be technically the best but is well equipped to handle the people in bcci

  • Jose on July 15, 2017, 7:54 GMT

    @Sanjay on July 15, 2017, 0:02 GMT

    Sure, Embarrassing is the right word, Sanjay.

    I am.

  •   Parag Subnys on July 15, 2017, 7:10 GMT

    Ravi Shastri sounds good as a PRO of the team. But in reality its not. I would rather make make unsung heroes like Bangar count, rather than making Mr. Shastri the head coach.

    Rahul Dravid as batting coach for overseas tour is perfect choice.

    But Zaheer Khan (I would never address him as ZAK) as a bowling coach is not an ideal choice. Bowling is not just about bowling in right areas, but also about keeping oneself charged up throughout the spell; keeping oneself fit (throughout the tour) etc. But over here Mr. Khan himself has been found wanting on all counts. He has a history of breaking down mid-way on major tours, erratic spells etc. Here is a person who can't even stand as a captain in all the 14 matches (minimum) of an IPL season, forget winning it. I must mention that the appointment of Courtney Walsh as a bowling coach was a class-act.

  • Xiong on July 15, 2017, 6:51 GMT

    @karthik I don't think India looking somewhat competitive in that series should really be a marker. We gave India some mighty friendly pitches to play on and they still lost 2-0 would be a more accurate summary in my opinion. Even Australia pulled off a 2-1 loss to India and the stuff we got served up was a million times more hostile.

  • rey on July 15, 2017, 6:03 GMT

    Straight to the bottom like a tracer bullet. Poor India.

  • Ayan on July 15, 2017, 5:10 GMT

    @HAMMAD ... Ganguly has chosen to go into administration rather than coaching. He is currently the head of CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal).

  • karthik on July 15, 2017, 0:28 GMT

    Frankly I don't understand the hate against Shastri. He gels well with Kohli as proved during test series in Oz without whom we would have meandered to another overseas disaster under Dhoni. Kohli-Shastri turned things around big time though it shows 2-0 ...with some luck and lower order contributions we could have won in Adelaide. Despite that heartbreak they didn't slide further but improved their performance significantly over the next few games culminating in SL series win. So I am fine with RS as long he checks Kohli's weird selections(e.g. Rahane,Karthik for LOI) and sinister ways to undermine youngsters like SS Iyer, Pant, Karun Nair when all of them could have part of SL tour. Also if Ravi can do the dirty work of getting rid of Dhoni, Yuvraj etc and select young batsmen he will do most things right because once team composition is right this man can make wonders through his brilliant man-management skills.

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