CoA invites CAC members to be part of women's coach selection process

It is not clear whether the members of the CAC will be available for the process. Earlier, the CAC had opted out of the junior selectors’ selection process citing prior commitments.

The interview for applicants for the job of the women's team coach will be held at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on December 20.   -  Getty Images

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Thursday wrote to the members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC)--Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman-- inviting them to be part of the selection process for India women's team coach.

The Board has invited applications for the job of the women's team coach, for which the interview will be held at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on December 20.

However, it is not clear whether the members of the CAC will be available for the process. Earlier, the CAC had opted out of the junior selectors’ selection process citing prior commitments. Tendulkar had also cited conflict of interest due to his son Arjun’s active career at the age-group level right now.

CAC member Ganguly confirmed to Sportstar late on Thursday that they have indeed been invited for the process. However, it could not be clarified whether they will be part of the process.

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The Supreme Court order makes it mandatory for the CoA to consult with the CAC before going ahead with a selection process. 

After Tushar Arothe stepped down as the coach of the women's team in July, the BCCI had conducted an interview for the women's team coaches on August 10, which was attended by 20 candidates.

The entire process was conducted by CoA member Diana Edulji, Johri and BCCI GM, Cricket Operations, Syed Saba Karim. But the process had to be called off later as the CAC was not involved.  

A few days ago, BCCI CEO, Rahul Johri, had told this publication that: “As per the CoA guidelines and instructions, we will follow the due process required for selection.”

With December 15 set as the last day for submitting applications for the job, it would be interesting to see how things pan out in the next few days.

In case, the CAC members stay away from the process, the BCCI might have to form a separate committee to go ahead with the process. The position of head coach is lying vacant after Ramesh Powar's three-month contract got over on November 30.