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Hardik Pandya’s Body Too Weak To Take The Workload Of An All-rounder: Salman Butt

Salman Butt feels that Hardik Pandya’s body, in its present state, is too weak to shoulder the workload of an all-around player. According to the former Pakistan skipper, Salman Butt, the Indian cricketer is undoubtedly talented but will need to work extremely hard on building his physique.

Hardik Pandya has bowled sparingly since returning to international cricket following back surgery in 2019. He has even lost his place in the Test team due to his inability to bowl his medium pacers on a consistent basis.

Hardik Pandya Image Source : GETTY
Hardik Pandya Image Source: GETTY

Salman Butt: Hardik Pandya Needs Some Muscle In His Body But Skill Wise He Can Improve Himself But His Body Can’t Take Excess Workload

After missing out on a lot of action owing to a back injury, Hardik Pandya made a phenomenal comeback in the IPL 2020 season, playing the finisher role for the team and hammering the ball in the slog overs at a strike rate of 178. But in IPL 2021, he disappointed scoring only 52 runs in 7 games averaging a pathetic 8.66. He didn’t bowl in the last two IPL editions.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Salman Butt shared his views on Hardik Pandya and stated: “India had high hopes from Hardik Pandya, but he has been on a long layoff period. He looks very skilful when he bats. And when he was bowling before injury, he looked very effective with decent pace. But again, Hardik Pandya’s problem is that he is so slim, if there is extra load on his body, he will keep getting unfit.”

Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter

“He needs some muscle on his body. Skill-wise, he has a lot of capacity to become better and better. The way he bats and bowls… he has a very good bowling action. But again, his body cannot take the excess workload. That is what needs to be managed.”

Hardik Pandya, India’s premier seam-bowling all-rounder, has been dealing with his back injury issues, which have forced him to bowl less. He hasn’t played Test cricket since 2018 and he hasn’t been fit enough to bowl even short spells, let alone take the toll of a full day’s work.

He didn’t bowl a single ball in last season’s IPL, and in the first half of the IPL 2021 as well. But he is now gradually gaining fitness as the T20 World Cup nears. Being a pace-bowling all-rounder, it would be key for India that Hardik Pandya is able to provide his quota of 4 overs as that would give the desired balance to the eleven.

Salman Butt Doesn’t Know If There Is Any Issue With Hardik Pandya’s Physique

Salman Butt cited the examples of Kapil Dev and Imran Khan to explain why it is important to have a strong body structure to fulfill all-round duties.

The former Pakistan batter Salman Butt added: “If you compare Hardik Pandya with Kapil Dev or Imran Khan, they were far fitter than him. You can watch their YouTube videos. They were double in size, and had more muscle. I don’t know if there is any issue with Hardik Pandya’s physique. The physios and trainers must be definitely talking to him about it.”

Recently, National Cricket Academy (NCA) bowling coach Paras Mhambrey said that IPL 2021 would provide a decent idea of the extent to which Hardik Pandya can be utilized as a bowler, especially with the T20 World Cup coming up.

Paras Mhambrey
Paras Mhambrey

Speaking to IANS, Mhambrey said about the Mumbai Indians’ fast bowler: “Yes, the way I look at him, and the way I feel, I am sure he will bowl (in IPL). First step is the IPL. Maybe the franchise will decide how will they use him. That, kind of, will decide how it will be (a) preparatory ground for the World Cup.”

In the white-ball series in Sri Lanka last month, Hardik Pandya bowled 14 overs in three ODIs, picking up two wickets at an average of 48.5 and an economy rate of 6.92. He also sent down two overs in one T20I.

Against England in March, he had bowled 17 overs in the five T20 Internationals, picking three wickets and conceding runs at 6.94 an over which was the second-best on either side after Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He could complete his four-over quota in three of the five games. Hardik Pandya also bowled in the third and final ODI against England and was quite economical, conceding runs at 5.33 in nine overs.

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
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Rahul Dravid To Coach Team India During Limited-Overs Series For Sri Lanka Tour

Rahul Dravid, former India skipper, and current National Cricket Academy (NCA) head will coach the Indian limited-overs team that will play a six-game series (3 T20Is, 3 ODIs) against Sri Lanka in July.

This will be Rahul Dravid’s second stint with the Indian team after working with the Men in Blue as a batting consultant during the England tour in 2014.

Rahul Dravid
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Rahul Dravid Will Coach Indian Limited Overs Team For Sri Lanka Tour

Speaking to ANI, a BCCI official in the know of developments confirmed that the NCA head would be leading the team as the trio of Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun, and Vikram Rathour will be in England with the Test team.

“The Team India coaching staff will be in the UK and it is best that the young team is guided by Rahul Dravid as he has already worked with almost all of India ‘A’ boys. The comfort the youngsters share with him will be an added advantage,” the official said.

Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Before taking over as the head of NCA in 2019, Rahul Dravid had worked closely with the current crop of youngsters in the Indian team at the U-19 level as well as in the India ‘A’ team. In fact, Rahul Dravid is seen to have played an integral role in building solid bench strength for the Indian national team over the last couple of years — having taken charge of the U-19 and ‘A’ team in 2015.

India Team For Sri Lanka Tour Consisting Of 3 ODIs And 3 T20Is Expected To Be Selected At End Of May

The Indian team for the Sri Lanka series is expected to be selected at the end of the month and they will have to undergo quarantine in the Island Nation before playing the three ODI and three T20I games. The three ODIs will be played on July 13, 16, 19 and the T20Is are expected to be played from July 22-27.

Shikhar Dhawan Image Source : AP
Shikhar Dhawan Image Source: AP

While the young Indian players look to fight it out with Sri Lanka in the limited-overs series, the Virat Kohli-led side will be in England waiting for the start of the five-match Test series against the English team from August 4. The Test series will take place after India battles it out with New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship in Southampton from June 18 to 22.

While Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya look the only certainty for the Indian side, speculations are rife over who all are going to be included in the side. Young guns like Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, N Jagadeesan, Chetan Sakariya might get rewarded for a good show in the IPL 2021.

Squad Contenders To Choose From Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (subject to fitness), Devdutt Paddikal, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Tewatia, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Kartik Tyagi, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Rahul Chahar, Chetan Sakariya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Jaydev Unadkat, Harshal Patel

Rahul Dravid, CoA
Rahul Dravid (Image Credit: Google)
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Jhulan Goswami Praise BCCI For Rahul Dravid’s Presence At NCA

Jhulan Goswami, Indian women’s star pacer has lauded the BCCI’s decision of appointing Rahul Dravid at the helm of affairs at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

She made this observation while talking about the valuable time she spent while undergoing rehabilitation at the Bangalore-based facility, during an interaction on Sports Today.

Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan Goswami. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Jhulan Goswami: Rahul Dravid Is There To Give Ideas As He Will Motivate One Whenever Any Help Is Required

Jhulan Goswami was asked for her views if the presence of Rahul Dravid made a difference to the NCA. She responded by saying that the former Indian captain is always around to help anybody whenever anything is required.

“Honestly speaking, as a cricketer, to have Rahul Dravid at the NCA, morning, evening, whenever you want any kind of small help, you just go to Rahul Dravid and just ask him.”

She elaborated that apart from imparting technical knowledge by valuable advice, Rahul Dravid also plays the role of an excellent motivator, which is the most important requirement of a player recovering from an injury.

“He is there before you arrive on the ground. He gives you ideas about how to handle situations. If you ask some technical issues as a batter, he is there. If you are not in a good frame of mind, because when you are doing rehab you have a lot of negative thoughts in your mind as you don’t know how you will come back, when you have Rahul Dravid over there, you can just talk to him, and he will give you lots of ideas, and he will motivate you. It is important as a professional athlete to have somebody who can motivate you, push you,” added Jhulan Goswami.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid. Image Credit: Getty Images

“Rahul Dravid does not say no to even one person,” said Jhulan Goswami.

Jhulan Goswami has played 10 Tests, 182 ODIs and 68 T20Is as a right-arm medium pacer. She played the last Test in 2015, last T20I in 2018 and last ODI in 2019 after debuting in 2002.

Jhulan Goswami Praised Rahul Dravid For His Efforts At NCA

Jhulan Goswami warmly lauded the BCCI for the excellent facilities provided at the NCA besides giving examples of the motivational talk she received from Rahul Dravid during her stint at the academy.

“And that infrastructure BCCI has created at the NCA is one of the best. We have quality physios like Ashish Kaushik and his team. And we are having coffee with Rahul Dravid in the morning. And he will suddenly ask if I am okay and tell me not to worry about my injury and just do my things and that I will be fine. He said – ‘I know still you are the best bowler.'”

Jhulan Goswami observed that former batting legend Rahul Dravid is the perfect person to head the NCA, highlighting the progress made by the India under-19, India A and women’s teams in his presence.

She concluded by saying that she had a wonderful experience during her time at the Bengaluru-based academy.

“As a cricketer, I think the best thing BCCI did is to put Rahul Dravid as the NCA head. And NCA is performing incredibly. If you see under-19, India A, women’s team, all women’s program, he is putting all efforts to develop Indian cricket. As a cricketer, I don’t know what they are thinking outside, but they are not in the system. But I am there.

“I know cricketers are talking to him, discussing cricket and he has never said ‘no’, not even to one person. I feel (that) BCCI has put the right person at the right place. That is my observation because I enjoyed there the most,” concluded Jhulan Goswami.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The NCA though is not among right news, especially regarding the injury management of players like pacers Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and keeper Wriddhiman Saha. However, a lot of players who have spent time at NCA have praised the facility and help they received from former batting stalwart Rahul Dravid during their stay there.

Ishant Sharma Working Closely With Paras Mhambrey To Get Fit For Test Series Against Australia
Ishant Sharma. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Ishant Sharma Working Closely With Paras Mhambrey To Get Fit For Test Series Against Australia

India’s Test team premier pacer Ishant Sharma is working overtime to recover from injury — and be perfectly fit for the crucial Test series against Australia scheduled to begin in December. The veteran speedster had resurfaced with an injury during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 while playing for Delhi Capitals. He had to return to India in the mid of the tournament because of a left internal oblique muscle tear.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma. Credits: BCCI Twitter

As per ANI, a source informed that National Cricket Academy (NCA) head, Rahul Dravid, has informed the BCCI that Ishant Sharma is closely working for his recovery with Paras Mhambrey — the head coach of the U-19 national team and also a pace bowler during his playing days.

“As NCA head, Dravid has informed the board that Ishant is working with Mhambrey to be fit in time for the Test matches. Ishant will definitely have a big role to play and his presence will not just give India another strike bowler, but also his experience will bring a lot to the table in Kohli’s absence,” the source said.

NCA to ensure Ishant Sharma is fit:

Ishant Sharma,
Ishant Sharma. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Ishant Sharma’s injury saga began while playing for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy in January 2020. He suffered a Grade 3 tear on his right ankle and was expected to miss the two-match Test series against New Zealand in February. But NCA claimed that the pacer was fit.

However, after featuring in the first test matches, he has ruled out ahead of the second test because he resurfaced with the ankle injury during the practice session. As a result, he had to return to NCA for recovery, and the COVID-19 hiatus gave him more time to be fully fit.

However, the fast bowler could not play the full IPL because of the injury. But amid all this, NCA was highly criticized for the injury management of a prominent player.

And now, as other important Test series are lined, NCA would like to send Ishant Sharma as a fully fit player.

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IPL 2020: Franchises Against BCCI’s Proposal To Send NCA Physio In UAE- Reports

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has planned to send the National Cricket Academy (NCA) physiotherapist Ashish Kaushik to the UAE for keeping a close look at the fitness of Indian cricketers. But IPL franchises are against the Indian board’s proposal because of several reasons.

As per Times of India, IPL franchises don’t want any outsider to contact with the players during the tournament because of health concerns amid the ongoing coronavirus. They have suggested that physio can contact the Indian cricketers through video conferencing.

On the other hand, some franchises have given other reasons. NCA was under heavy scrutiny after they were unable to track Bhuvneshwar Kumar‘s injury for a long time. Last year, he was in and out of the team because of the mishandling by NCA. Also, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah had opted out of NCA’s recovery period. Earlier this year, Ishant Sharma was deemed to be fit by NCA ahead of the New Zealand Test series but he surfaced with an injury during the series. 

Franchises Against BCCI's Proposal To Send NCA Physio In UAE: Reports
Rishabh Pant and Rashid Khan during an IPL match. Image Credit: Twitter.

So, the franchises are being sceptical of NCA’s handling of players which has caused distrust between the two parties. 

“Franchises hire the best physios and trainers from around the world. The NCA guys can interact with players and franchises through video conferencing. There is also a trust deficit between the players and NCA,” say those tracking developments. 

“Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s hernia went undetected. Kedar Jadhav’s return was rushed. Wriddhiman Saha’s rehabilitation was ‘messed up’. Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah had their share of unpleasant experiences at the NCA. Who wants to take chances? The NCA has time and again proved incapable.”

IPL franchises have renowned physios: 

Franchises Against BCCI's Proposal To Send NCA Physio In UAE: Reports
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IPL franchises have their own physios which are best known for their jobs. Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and other franchises have hired experienced physical trainers. 

“Coordination will be an issue and we don’t want too many cooks spoiling the broth. Let’s have a proper system in place and follow it to the T,” say franchises.

“Franchises take care of their players throughout the year. The best facilities are being made available in UAE. Franchises have some of the best support staff. Take Delhi Capitals, for example. They brought Patrick Farhart on board as soon as he quit Team India. Kolkata Knight Riders’ Kamlesh Jain, who did his masters in sports therapy from London Met, has been the head physio at Cricket Association of Bengal. Chennai’s Tommy Simsek is someone who has MS Dhoni’s trust. Former Team India physio John Gloster is with Rajasthan Royals,” say those in the know.

Meanwhile, the much-awaited IPL 2020 season will begin on 19th September. The franchises will book their own hotels for creating a bio-secure bubble for the safety of the players. The grand finale of the league will be played on 10th November. Soon after the league, Team India cricketers will tour Australia to play the bilateral series. 

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Training Camp For The Indian Cricketers Can Begin In The Second Half Of June

As the country is moving to the ease from the lockdown process, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now looking to resume the training camp for the Indian team. The BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal believes that a training camp is possible in the second half of June if the situation improves.

The novel COVID-19 or coronavirus has destroyed all the recent planning of the cricket events as most of the settled fixtures have been postponed for the indefinite period. While the coronavirus started to spread in India from last March, during the home three-match ODI series against South Africa, that series was postponed after the first abandoned ODI, and the Indian players haven’t involved with the game since then.

Indian cricketers, NCA, BCCI
Indian players (Image Credits: Twitter)

As the country was going through the strict lockdown period, the Indian cricketers were mostly maintaining their fitness training from home. While the government is now easing the lockdown process, the Indian governing cricket body is now thinking to resume the training camp of the national players.

Arun Dhumal has clarified that the BCCI and National Cricket Academy (NCA) are monitoring every situation, studying all the guidelines and considering how to start the training camp. Talking about the training camp, the BCCI is searching for the safe venue, and the NCA is one of their priority. If the situation continuously improves, the BCCI is hopeful to start the training camp process in the second half of June.

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According to timesnownews.com, Dhumal said, “National Cricket Academy (NCA) is studying the guidelines given by state governments and we are discussing all possibilities, like potential venues and travel. Once we are 100% sure that we can get the players to one particular venue, we will. We have shortlisted venues, NCA is one, rest options being discussed but we are hopeful that in the second half of June, a camp will be possible If things keep on improving and especially with travel restrictions being eased.”

Indian players are very keen to return to the training camp: BCCI treasurer

Dhumal has also added that the Indian players are very keen to return to the ground and start training as many are finding it difficult to continue their training at home.

Training camp, Indian cricketers, NCA, BCCI
Indian players (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Dhumal added, “All of them are very keen to go back to the ground and start training, those staying in flats and apartments are finding it very difficult to train but there are some who have the option of running and doing outdoor exercises. Everyone is looking forward to playing on the ground now.”

The Cricket Australia (CA) has recently revealed the full fixtures of India tour of Australia 2020/21, where the top Asian team will play three-match T20I series, three-match ODI series and four-match Test series against the hosts. Though it can be rescheduled according to the upcoming situation, the Australia tour is very much on for the Indian players.

Now, there is a talk about whether the Indian cricketers will get enough match-practice before the upcoming Australian tour or not.

Hardik Pandya, Mumbai Indians, Mahela Jayawardhene
Hardik Pandya. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Hardik Pandya Might Return for South Africa ODI Series: Reports

Since the allrounder has undergone surgery in the United Kingdom (UK), Hardik Pandya hasn’t returned to represent Team India. However, he might come back in the team against South Africa in the ODI series which will start on March 12 in Dharamsala.

Last year, in the home series against South Africa, Pandya resurfaced with an old injury in his back. So, he decided to go under surgery to permanently recover from the pain. But the player is still not able to recover after the treatment.

Hardik Pandya would be available for selection soon: reports

Reportedly, he went for a routine check-up in the UK and has continued his rehabilitation period at National cricket Academy.

Speaking to IANS, the source within National Cricket Academy (NCA) in the know of developments said that Pandya has started working on his bowling at the academy and should be available for selection soon.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. Credits: Getty.

“He is back from the UK after a routine check-up and has also started bowling from this week. He should be available for selection soon. Can look at him with an eye on the South Africa series as you still have a month to go for the first ODI against the Proteas in Dharamsala,” NCA source.

The Baroda-based cricketer surfaced with the injury during the Asia Cup 2018. Since then, he was managing his injury but the cricketer finally decided to go under surgery.

Lastly, he was seen practising with the team in nets ahead of the ODI series against Australia.

Also, there were speculations that he might be included in the squad for the one-month long tour against New Zealand but he could not recover in time.

Virat Kohli, hardik Pandya
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Meanwhile, the Men in Blue, after completing the ODI series, will head to play the two-match Test series against New Zealand which will start from 21st February.

After the Test series, South Africa will tour India to play three-match ODI series which will be played between 12 March and 18 March.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Credits: BCCI
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I Don’t Know What Went Wrong And Why NCA Couldn’t Diagnose”: Bhuvneshwar Kumar Speaks On His Injury

Bhuvneshwar Kumar‘s injury has become a major concern for the Indian team in keeping mind the next year’s big assignment scheduled in Australia, the ICC men’s T20 World Cup 2020. The pacer is also not sure how long he will take time to recover from the injury.

Bhuvneshwar has resurfaced from an old injury during the home ODI series against West Indies which ruled him out for the whole series. This has brought National Cricket Academy under many question marks.

After the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, India toured West Indies where they played three-match T20Is, three ODIs, and two-match Test series. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the part of that T20I and ODI series, but after those limited-overs matches, he was out due to side strain. He was not part of the home series against South Africa and Bangladesh. After recovering in NCA, he returned to the team against the West Indies in the home T20I series. But it was a shocking fact that the Merrut player recurred with the old injury.

Now, NCA is surrounded by the question of Bhuvneshwar’s injury. The player is detected with a sport’s hernia which is rectified with the surgery.

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The player decided not to point any fingers on NCA for his injury detection and said that BCCI has the right to speak on this topic.

“It’s up to BCCI as to how they are going to take it. They must have had a chat with the NCA. NCA must have tried their best but I don’t know what went wrong and why they couldn’t diagnose. Still, I am not the right person to comment on that as it might say something else and BCCI will come up with something else,” Bhuvneshwar told PTI in an exclusive interview.

Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah, who are also recovering from injuries, had earlier withdrawn their names from NCA. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was also asked about the same if players are wary of going to the NCA. He responded:

“It’s an individual’s responsibility or wishes whether he wants to go to the NCA or not.”

Also, Sourav Ganguly had set up the meeting with NCA’s head of cricket Rahul Dravid about the injury-management of the players.

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Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Google)
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Sourav Ganguly And Rahul Dravid Will Discuss On Injury Management Of The Players

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly will meet National Cricket Academy’s (NCA) Head of Cricket Rahul Dravid on Thursday in Mumbai. Both the former Indian cricketer will discuss the injury management of the players.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was detected with an injury ahead of the Bangladesh series. He went to NCA under the rehabilitation period and returned to the squad ahead of the T20I series against West Indies. But, it is an astonishing factor that he resurfaced with an injury before the ODI series against the Caribbean. It has put a question mark on the NCA’s injury management.

Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah have also withdrawn from the Academy. While both the players have returned to the national squad, Ganguly will discuss with Dravid about the problems being faced during the recovery period.

Apart from Rahul Dravid’s meeting, Sourav Ganguly will also focus on the appointment of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). Earlier, the former Indian captain opined that he would discuss the conflict issue rule which had also troubled Ganguly.

“It is one thing to keep talking about conflict and another thing to act on it when anomalies are pointed out. Both Sourav and Rahul have wrongly suffered because of conflict allegations in the past. Rahul’s alleged conflict when he joined NCA was never a conflict,” a source said.

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Google)

“Sourav has time and again pointed out how Clause 38 (conflict rules) in the constitution needs amendment. The truth is, when such serious instances are ignored (read: NCA), then things that are not important also get blown out of proportion,” source was as quoted by the Times of India.

Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar has declined for the role in CAC, and as the report suggests, VVS Laxman has also stepped back from the duty.

Rahul Dravid, CoA
Rahul Dravid (Image Credit: Google)
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CoA Clears Rahul Dravid From The Conflict Of Interest Allegation

Recently, the head of the National Cricket Academy’s (NCA) Cricket Operations Rahul Dravid has gotten the Conflict of Interest notice. The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has cleared the former Indian captain from this allegation.

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Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta has complained about this issue. Earlier, he also brought similar complaints against the previous Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman when they were serving for the IPL teams in last season.

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In Dravid’s matter, while he is the head of the NCA Cricket Operations, he is also the vice-president of India Cements group. India Cements is the owner group of the Indian Premier League (IPL) giants Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

Rahul Dravid, CoA
Rahul Dravid (Image Credit: Google)

Taking the NCA role without the Conflict of Interest, Dravid had to resign from the vice-president post of India Cements group, or he had to take leave from that post until the completion of the NCA role. Later, the media reports claimed that Dravid is currently on leave without pay for this vice-president role.

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There is no conflict on Rahul Dravid case – CoA member Lt General Ravi Thogde

On Tuesday, CoA had a meeting in Mumbai where they cleared Dravid from the Conflict of Interest allegation. The new CoA member Lt General Ravi Thogde has confirmed this news. However, he further added that now the BCCI Ombudsman-cum-ethics officer DK Jain has to take the further decision.

Rahul Dravid, CoA
Lt General Ravi Thodge (Image Credit: Google)

Thogde claimed, “There is no conflict on Rahul’s case. He has got a notice and we have cleared his appointment. We had seen no conflict, but if the Ombudsman finds any conflict, we will give our response to the Ombudsman stating why we found no conflict.

“After that he (Ombudsman) has to consider. It’s a process and it will continue.”

According to the media reports, Dravid has also replied on this matter to DK Jain. However, there is still no news on his reply.

Thogde is confident about Dravid’s role in NCA. He believes that the former Indian captain can help NCA to grow up to the international standard.

He said, “There are a few things that needs to be done at the NCA. There are shortage of grounds and staffs, including coaches. There has to be continuity.

“Someone of Dravid’s stature will have to ensure that the NCA is of international standard. He has given his vision and we are fully in support of his vision. We will work together.”

Recently, the former Indian cricketers Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble have reacted on the Conflict of Interest controversy. Both of them have backed the former Indian captain who was famously known as “The Wall”.

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