The role of Committee of Administration (CoA) and BCCI apparently is inconsistent and inadequate in the current issue of coach selection. Vinod Rai, Chairman of CoA, lashed out at the Cricket Advisory Committee’s decision to bring Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid into the coaching team. Per Rai, the instruction to CAC was only to select the head coach. The CoA alleged CAC of exceeding its brief on selecting the head coach, by appointing Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as additional coaches. Herein, the fact that CAC consist of three most prominent senior cricketers of the country as well as the globe should not be undermined. While, Vinod Rai is the ex-CAG, who is appointed to oversee the process of implementation of Lodha Reforms.
In reply to Rai’s comment on coach selection CAC replied sharply. CAC sent an email to Vinod Rai stating the process. The committee stressed that Rahul Johri, the BCCI CEO, instructed CAC to independently decide on the coach selection. The instruction was from Vinod Rai himself, as stated by Johri on the email. The CAC made it clear that Dravid and Khan are appointed with full knowledge of Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli, the captain of Team India. Per the committee, Shastri and Kohli was taken into “confidence on everything” and Shastri was “absolutely ready with it.”
CAC further clarified that BCCI started the issue at first place by providing only a year’s contract to Vinod Kumble. The committee’s choice of coach was eventually the best because Kumble proved himself hauling the team to a strong position in just a year. Even after BCCI rolled out the advertisement for new coach, they supported Kumble for the position. However, a tussle between Kumble and Kohli came to light, which ultimately ended as the former sidelining himself from the coach position.
CAC even tried to mediate between the coach and the captain, but in vain. Per the committee Kumble resigned after BCCI spoke to the pair at the same time. Now, CAC lashed back at CoA stating it was “nowhere to solve the problem” at the first place and if it was in England when it first started, the issue “would not have some this far.” Additionally, CAC made it clear that it has been doing its duty diligently and to the maximum effect.
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