BCCI and COA spar over women’s coach appointment

first_imgSupreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) head Vinod Rai’s decision to announce an ad-hoc panel to conduct interviews of candidates who apply for the new Indian women’s coach job does not have the blessings of the other committee member, former Indian women’s team captain Diana Edulji.In an internal BCCI communication accessed by India Today, Diana struck down Rai’s instructions to go ahead and named an ad-hoc committee comprising of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaikwad and Shanta Rangaswami to interview applicants for the coaching job. “I have read Mr Rai’s mail and don’t agree with it. As chairman he can’t take any unilateral decisions as there is no casting vote for chairman. Rahul and Saba without my approval you cannot proceed on this as it does not have my approval,” she writes addressing CEO Rahul Johri and General Manager Saba Karim.Edulji bringing in BCCI’s handling of the Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble conflict argues that on the same line, the player opinion should be respected while choosing the women’s team coach too. Citing T20 captain and vice captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana’s request to retain coach Ramesh Powar for his good work, she writes that Powar’s services be continued for the upcoming tour of New Zealand in January.”The Capt and vice Capt have requested their choice so why can’t we respect their choice for this tour till we get clarity on the committee. We can go ahead and continue with the same coach. The views of the 2 senior players must not be ignored.advertisementVirat did not accede to Kumble continuing inspite of CAC saying so then why not these 2 players get what they feel is best for the team,” she writes.Vinod Rai counters Edulje arguing if players sentiments had to be respected, so should Mithali Raj’s. “If it is a question of respecting opinions of senior players— why not respect the opinion of the senior most player– in fact the ODI captain of the team?,”The original idea of letting the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) conduct interviews of coaching aspirants did not fruitify after refusal and reluctance from Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman to involve themselves in the process.There too the two COA members remain at loggerheads.”I would like to state that the CAC said they would have liked more time. We should give them the time and define their role better. The applications we received can be kept in abyence so one tour can be taken care of,” writes Edulji.Rai countering Edulji goes on to term Powar’ as reason for bad blood in the team. “The advert for the head coach has issued. If media is to be believed, internationally reputed coaches have applied/are applying.We cannot now withdraw and say that we will continue with our ad hoc coach of three months — who has been the reason for such bad blood in the team.”This chapter has to be closed and the earlier the better,” he writes.last_img read more