Kapil Dev: CAC should be part of selection process for other coaching roles

As per the new BCCI constitution, however, only the national selection committee has the responsibility of interviewing shortlisted candidates.

CAC members Kapil Dev (right) and Anshuman Gaekwad at a press conference in Mumbai on Friday.   -  Vivek Bendre

The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee — comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy — were tasked to choose India’s head coach. And as per the new BCCI constitution, the national selection committee will have to interview candidates for the other coaching roles.

But Kapil, the former India captain and the chief of the CAC, made it clear that the CAC members should be part of the interview process for the support staff. “Even we should have a say in the selection process (for the other coaching positions),” Kapil said on Friday, after retaining Ravi Shastri as the head coach for two years.

Kapil admitted that the committee had already informed the Board about their proposal. “We have written in the minutes of the meeting. There should not be a communication gap. We must ensure that the team benefits from the process. We can help the [selection committee with our inputs],” Kapil said.

However, top BCCI officials confirmed to Sportstar that the letter will be forwarded to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) for further reference. “As per the constitution, the CAC’s role ends after choosing the head coach. But in the process, if the national selection committee wants to take suggestions from the CAC members, they can always do that,” the official said.

The MSK Prasad-led committee will start its process of selecting the support staff over a span of five days, starting from August 19. On the first day, the applicants for the bowling coach will be quizzed. Former South Africa cricketer, Jonty Rhodes, who has thrown his hat into the ring for the position of fielding coach, will be interviewed on August 20, along with Abhay Sharma and R. Sridhar.

‘Long list’

“We have given the candidates a choice of either attending the interview in person or via Skype. It’s a long list, so it will take some time,” the Board official said.

One of the members of the national selection committee admitted that it has received the number of shortlisted candidates and is in the planning stage on how to go about the process. “It is for the first time that the selection committee will be doing such a job. It is a long process, but the Board will help them in every possible way,” the official said. Once the candidates are finalised by the committee, they need to send the names to the CoA for final approval.

The Board officials are confident about completing the entire appointment process by the last week of August.

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