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Acting BCCI secretary objects to Vikram Rathour's appointment as batting coach
Monday 11 February 2019

The letter writing war between the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the sidelined Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials moved into another day. On Monday, BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary has written to CoA chief Vinod Rai to express his displeasure about the appointment of former India opener and selector Vikram Rathour as the batting coach of the India A team. 

 

Chaudhary has three broad objections about the appointment. According to Chaudhary there was no advertisement for the post. In the letter, Chaudhary goes on to question the process of appointment saying that what was the need of a batting coach when none other than Rahul Dravid is the coach of the team. 

 

Chaudhary writes that even if there was a need, he is unsure if Dravid would have made a direct recommendation and would have been against following the due process of advertisement and interview.

 

The acting secretary also raises the question of conflict of interest. Chaudhary probably is eluding to the fact that Rathour and U-19 selector Ashish Kapoor are related to each other. 

 

Chaudhary in his letter mentions that Saba Krim, BCCI’s head of operations and the man who had recommended Rathour’s name had worked together in the national selection panel for four years and he must have known the fact that Rathour and Kapoor are related. Rai on his part, according to a Times of India report, has already denied that he knew about Rathour’s conflict of interest. 

 

But his fourth and last objection is a bit bizarre. According to Chaudhary, Rathour holds a British passport and thus a conscious decision has been made to appoint a foreigner as a coach. Now it’s interesting that a BCCI official has raised such an objection as Rathour held a British passport even when he held the position of selector.

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