Shantha Rangaswamy resigns from CAC, ICA directorship

The former Indian women's skipper's decision comes after being served a Conflict of Interest notice for holding positions in the CAC and ICA.

Former Indian captain Shantha Rangaswamy has served as the coach of the women's team before her stint with the CAC.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Former India women’s team captain, Shantha Rangaswamy, resigns from the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and as the director of the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) - hours after being served a Conflict of Interest notice by BCCI’s Ethics Officer, Justice (Retired) D.K. Jain.

On the early hours of Sunday, Rangaswamy - who is a member of the CAC, along with Kapil Dev and Anshuman Gaekwad - emailed her resignation to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the Board’s CEO, Rahul Johri, starting that she no longer wishes to be part of the CAC.

Sources have confirmed to Sportstar that Rangaswamy has also emailed Gopal Krishna Pillai - the interim chairman of the ICA - stating that she wishes to step down as the director of the association.

Even though she has resigned from ICA directorship, Rangaswamy has applied for general membership in the association.

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Kapil, Gaekwad and Rangaswamy were named in the Cricket Advisory Committee after Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman refused to be part of the process for selecting India’s women’s coach, last year. 

The committee, initially working as an ad-hoc body, had conducted interviews and eventually named WV Raman as the head coach of the women's team.

This year, the trio was renamed the CAC and chose Ravi Shastri as the men’s team head coach.

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjiv Gupta filed a conflict of interest complaint against the trio. As per the BCCI constitution, no individual can hold more than one post at the same time.

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In his complaint, Gupta stated that the CAC members are involved in multiple cricketing roles. While he claimed that Kapil is conflicted as he is a commentator, owner of a floodlight company, member of Indian Cricketers Association, besides his CAC role. Rangaswamy, too, is alleged to be conflicted because of her multiple roles with the CAC and ICA.

"In her emails, she (Rangaswamy) has made it clear that she wants to step down from both the positions. It is absolutely her personal call," a top BCCI official said.

While Rangaswamy wasn't available for comment, another member of the CAC told this publication that before agreeing to be part of the panel - to pick the men’s head coach last month - all the members of the committee were asked to give a ‘no conflict of interest’ clarification.

“We had sent all the necessary documents to the CoA and only after that were we brought on board. Now, how come there is a notice again?” the CAC member asked.

“It was anyway a one-off honorary assignment. Our job is over, and this is surprising,” the member added.

The BCCI ethics officer has asked Kapil, Gaekwad and Rangaswamy to respond by October 10. 

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