Cricket/ BCCI sends conflict of interest notice to Kapil Dev-led CAC; Ravi Shastri’s appointment as coach may have to be redone

  • The CAC has Shanta Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad apart from Kapil Dev
  • Shanta resigned from post after receiving notice in conflict of interest case
  • Ravi Shastri was made the coach of Team India for the second time last month.

Mumbai: The BCCI Ethics Officer DK Jain on Saturday sent a notice to Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Kapil Dev, Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad, asking the former cricketers who picked the current India coach to respond by October 10 to the Conflict of Interest allegations leveled against them.

MPCA life member Sanjeev Gupta had filed the complaint: Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta had filed the complaint against the trio who picked Ravi Shastri as the head coach in August. “Yes, they have been asked to respond to the complaint with affidavits,” a BCCI official said.

No individual can hold more than one post at the same time: As per the BCCI constitution, no individual can hold more than one post at the same time.

CAC members don multiple cricketing roles: In the complaint, Gupta has claimed that the CAC members don multiple cricketing roles. He wrote that 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil is conflicted as he is a commentator, owner of a floodlight company, member of Indian Cricketers Association, besides his CAC role.

Likewise, Gupta alleged that Gaekwad too is conflicted as he owns an academy and is a member of BCCI Affiliation Committee.

Similarly, Rangaswamy, a former Indian women’s team captain, is alleged to be conflicted because of her multiple role with the CAC and ICA. Shanta resigned from post after receiving notice in conflict of interest case

Shastri’s appointment may be investigated after notice: The appointment of Ravi Shastri may also come under scrutiny due to the notice received by the CAC. It is believed that after the investigation, the BCCI may have to appoint him afresh as a coach. A BCCI official said, “If DK Jain finds the CAC guilty of conflict of interest, Shastri will have to unnecessarily go through all the procedures again.” This may cause him embarrassment.

‘Only CAC can choose coach of Indian team’: BCCI official further said, “A new committee will be formed if CAC is found guilty. The appointment process of the coach will be repeated. According to the new constitution of the board, only the CAC can select the coach of the Indian team.”

Shastri became the coach of Team India for the first time in 2017. After this, he was re-appointed as a coach on 16th of last month. His term is until 2021.