The CoA will ask Zaheer Khan to quit the Delhi Daredevils in order to take up his new role as India's bowling consultant, as his dual role will be a clear breach of the conflict of interest rule. The CoA will also review the dual roles of the support staff while deciding their new salaries.
The Cricket Advisory Committee announced Ravi Shastri's name to succeed Anil Kumble as the head coach on Tuesday, while Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan were included in the Indian cricket team's coaching setup as the batting and bowling consultants respectively.
However, Zaheer Khan had captained the Delhi Daredevils in the last season of the Indian Premier League, while mentoring them as the bowling coach. The Committee of Administrators has no problem with Zaheer Khan accepting the role of India's bowling consultant but only on the condition that he will no more be a part of the Indian Premier League as a coach or a player as it would lead to a clear case of conflict of interest.
Well placed sources in the BCCI have revealed that the CoA was surprised by CAC's decision of including Zaheer Khan in the coaching setup as he is currently a part of the IPL.
“Dravid had to choose between the two (being an India U-19 coach or mentor at Delhi Daredevils). Without confirmation from Zaheer that he will break all links with the IPL team, how can he be appointed with the Indian team?"
“Dravid had to choose between the two (being an India U-19 coach or mentor at Delhi Daredevils). Without confirmation from Zaheer that he will break all links with the IPL team, how can he be appointed with the Indian team?,” an insider was quoted saying by the PTI.
The CoA is planning to review the contracts of the support staff involved with the junior and senior national teams as most of them have played dual roles in the IPL as well as the national teams, but would now be told to choose one.
“Most of the support staff members have IPL contracts.” the source added.
Moreover, the CoA will also be deciding on Ravi Shastri's salary as the new coach in accordance with a new salary structure to accommodate the salary of the extended support staff, as opposed to the one proposed by Anil Kumble during his tenure as the Indian coach.
“The CFO has been asked to come up with a feasible proposal and it will be decided accordingly. If there are going to be 11 people with the team, then the contracts will have to be reconsidered - whether the BCCI can afford to pay so much money? Auditing firm Deloitte had recommended a salary structure to decide the payments of support staff and the COA may ask the BCCI to go by that.”
The source also revealed that the bowling and batting consultants' services will be called upon by Ravi Shastri according to the team's need.
“Ravi will be accountable for the results, so it will be entirely his call. He will decide on how and when he wants to utilise the services of the consultants,” a Board insider said.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will review CoA's status reports and is expected to come down hard on the state board's for delaying the implementation of Lodha Panel reforms.
“The timing of the hearing is 2 pm which is a positive. It means the SC is taking a serious look at it. Given the stern message to Anurag Thakur, the body language shows that they mean business,” he concluded.
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