CAC should have say in support staff appointments, insists Kapil Dev

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CAC should have say in support staff appointments, insists Kapil Dev

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08/17/2019

Kapil Dev, who heads the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee, has insisted that his panel, including Anshuman Gaekwad and Shanta Rangaswamy, should be involved in the selection of the support staff as well. The panel decided to reappoint Ravi Shastri as India head coach on Friday.

As per BCCI’s constitution, the interview process for the appointment of Shastri’s assistants will be conducted by the national selection committee headed by MSK Prasad. It is understood that the committee will convene after August 19 to hold interviews for the coaches in all major aspects of the game - batting, bowling, and fielding. However, Kapil has insisted that the CAC panel ought to have a say in the process and revealed that he had informed BCCI CEO Rahul Johri of the same. 

"We should have a role as well. If you ask me, I personally feel, and we've given a letter to BCCI as well. We've put it in black and white, in the minutes, that it is not right that we're not doing that job also," Kapil said at a press conference on Friday, reported Cricbuzz.

"It should not be a communication gap. Their strength and our strength is the same for the team. We want to make sure that the team gets benefitted. That's what we wanted and if we can help them and chairman of the selection committee and his team can help."

The obvious confusion over the process is a carry forward from the previous instance of the head coach appointment in 2017. The CAC, then comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman, had recommended Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan for the positions of batting and bowling consultants respectively. However, those recommendations were rendered moot with the contract renewals for Sanjar Bangar (batting coach), Bharat Arun (bowling coach), and R Sridhar (fielding coach).

This time, however, only Arun is widely expected to hold onto his position. Bangar faces a challenge from Vikram Rathour and Praveen Amre. Despite Sridhar doing an excellent job, his competition is with none other than Jonty Rhodes. 

Meanwhile, former India pacer Zaheer Khan is adamant that the head coach should have a say in picking the support staff.

"He [The head coach] should have some say in the whole process for sure. For any coach, it is important to have the support system around him which is in-sync with his thought process. If you have people going in different directions in that platform, then it's just going to have repercussions filtering down to the team. I think some kind of say is important that coach should have, he is the captain of the ship," Khan told Cricbuzz.

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