Kapil Dev And Anshuman Gaekwad Resign From BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee
The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) was created on an ad-hoc basis as former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev, Shanta Rangswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad were chosen by the BCCI to form the CAC.
The CAC played an important role in interviewing and shortlisting candidates for the Indian head coach role. They ultimately decided to renew Ravi Shastri’s contract and extend his contract as head coach (which pays him very well in Indian rupees).
Last week, the spotlight was placed on the CAC in the news after Shanta Rangswamy decided to resign from the committee due to a complaint filed by Sanjeev Gupta, who is a lifetime member of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association. The complaint alleged that all three CAC members had a conflict of interest. Therefore, a notice was served to them by BCCI ethics officer Justice (Retd) DK Jain. The three CAC members were given time till October 10 to respond to the conflict of interest claims.
Rather than fight the allegations and answer questions in the media, Shanta Rangswamy stepped down from her post. Just a week later, Kapil Dev and Anshuman Gaekwad have also sent in their resignations to the BCCI CEO and the Committee of Administrators (CoA).
Why The ad-Hoc Cricket Advisory Committee Was Formed
The earlier CAC was formed of legendary cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. They were given the task of finding a head coach for the women’s team. The CAC were given the task by the COA, which comprised of Ravindra Thodge, Diana Edulji and Vinod Rai. However, the CAC wanted more time to shortlist the head coach. Rai, in particular, did not agree to the extension.
He decided to create an ad-hoc CAC, formed by Kapil Dev, Gaekwad and Rangswamy. This is even though Diana Edulji felt that this ad-hoc committee would create a conflict of interest. Edulji wanted Justice Jain to make the final decision on the ad-hoc committee. However, she was overruled.
Edulji also felt that the ad-hoc three member CAC committee also created a conflict of interest. But once again she was overruled. The new CAC committee selected WV Raman as the head coach of the women’s team.
Conflict Of Interest
The three COA members were cited for a conflict of interest. This is due to their business dealings with different companies and organizations. Kapil Dev had mentioned in a written letter to the BCCI in August 2019 that he runs a company which supplies floodlights to state associations in the country. Gaekwad informed the BCCI that his son runs a cricket academy.
Kapil Dev also informed the BCCI that he was a founding director of Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA). Meanwhile, Gaekwad and Shanta Rangswamy also held director posts at the ICA. When Rangswamy tended in her resignation from the CAC, she also stepped down from her post as ICA director. When she stepped down, Rangswamy said that there were no conflict of interests on her part. However, she did not want to go through so much scrutiny. Therefore, she thought it was better to step down from all her posts.
Is Ravi Shastri’s Appointment Now Valid?
The fact that all three ad-hoc CAC members have now resigned, means that Justice Jain will not hear any arguments from their side. He will have to make a decision on conflict of interest claims. Should Justice Jain decide that it the CAC members were indeed having a conflict of interest, it will then put the decisions they made under the microscope.
One of the main decisions they made was selecting Ravi Shastri to be the head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team and renewing his contract after the 2019 Cricket World Cup. If the CAC members had a conflict of interest, then Shastri’s appointment as head coach must also be examined. WV Raman’s appointment will also have to be looked at.
There is no indication as of now as to when Justice Jain will make a decision on the matter!