No conflict in Kapil Dev-led CAC, says BCCI CoA chief Vinod Rai

Mumbai: With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ethics Officer D.K. Jain sending notices to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy for their alleged conflict of interest, the question on everyone’s mind is whether head coach Ravi Shastri will have to bear the brunt if the CAC is found guilty.

CoA (Committee of Administrators) chief Vinod Rai said that the committee wouldn’t have given the three-member CAC the go-ahead if they did find any conflict of interest in them being appointed to pick the head coach of the Indian men’s team.

“The CoA did not see a conflict and hence the appointment was done. Even if there was a difference of opinion within the CoA, that person who was in the minority has not asked for his/her opinion to be recorded,” he clarified.

When asked what happens if the Ethics Officer does find the trio conflicted, Rai refused to get into hypothetical situations.

CoA member Diana Edulji, on the other hand, said that the Ethics Officer is the final authority on the conflict of interest rules. If he finds the committee conflicted, then the process of coach appointment has to be redo