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Shantha Rangaswamy. Image Credit: Twitter.

Shantha Rangaswamy Urges Fans To Stop Blaming BCCI For Neglecting Women’s Cricket After India’s Tour Of England Gets Cancelled

After India women’s tour of England got cancelled last week, several fans have alleged that BCCI is busy preparing for the Indian Premier League and has ignored women’s cricket. But former women’s cricketer and Apex Council member Shantha Rangaswamy has not blamed BCCI but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic behind the reason for the hiatus in women’s cricket.

The women’s team last played the T20 World Cup 2020 grand-finale where they lost against Australia in March. Since then, they have been in their homes and haven’t played a competitive match. They were to set to play the tri-series against England and South Africa in September for the preparation of the World Cup 2021 in February-March. However, the coronavirus being the spoilsport has ruined all the plans.

There was just not enough time: Shantha Rangaswamy

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India women’s cricket team. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Shantha Rangaswamy counts the problem which will be faced if England’s tour is organised. She said that it was impossible to organise a training camp instantly because of the rising cases in India.

“It is not a case of neglect. You need at least six weeks to be match fit and with the COVID-19 affecting most part of the country, is it possible to organise a training camp right away? Then you would also have 14-day quarantine England. There was just not enough time to make it happen,” she told PTI.

It’s sad, we have gone back a couple of years: Shantha Rangaswamy

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Indian women’s cricket team (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Rangaswamy added that the coronavirus break has hurt the women’s cricket, stating that it has taken back them a couple of years back.

In India, women’s cricket has never been par with the men’s cricket though, in past years, there has been a positive shift among the audience.

COVID-19 has hurt world cricket, more so women’s cricket. We have gone back a couple of years after a record attendance for the T20 World Cup final at MCG in March. It is sad and an anti-climax,” Shantha Rangaswamy said. 

Meanwhile, there is also a possibility that India may not get enough game time before the ODI World Cup in New Zealand in February-March.


CAC Members Anshuman Gaekwad And Shantha Rangaswamy Vindicated From Conflict Of Interest Charges

Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members Anshuman Gaekwad, and Shantha Rangaswamy have been cleared from the conflict of interest charges by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ethic officer DK Jain.

Jain has labelled the case upon the two as “infructuous”, but the case involving Kapil Dev has still not been decided. Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta filed the complaint against Kapil Dev-led CAC for donning more than one cricketing role which is against the board’s constitution.

All the three members Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad, and Shantha Rangaswamy had already resigned from the post after re-electing Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the Indian National cricket team. However, Gaekwad and Rangaswamy have been freed from the charges, but Kapil Dev is yet to get the clearance, DK Jain Said.

“Since they (Gaekwad, Rangaswamy) have resigned from their respective posts, the complaint has been disposed of. In Kapil’s case, the complainant needed more time to file an application, I have given him that,” Jain told PTI on Sunday.

World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev had earlier made it clear that conflict of interest should not be applicable to those who are not being paid for their services.

What is the Conflict of Interest?

According to BCCI, no one can occupy more than one post at the same time, which is under the clause of conflict of interest. This rule has brought Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, and even Sourav Ganguly under the scanner.

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Sourav Ganguly. BCCI

Recently, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has said that he will surely take some steps against this rule because of which the legendary cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid are not able to give their inputs in Indian cricket.

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Kapil Dev (Image Credit: Boris Streubel/Getty Images for Laureus)

Kapil Dev Resigns From Chief Post Of Cricket Advisory Committee

Former Indian World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev resigned from the chairman role of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). However, he hasn’t revealed the reason for this resignation.

This latest resignation has come after another CAC member Shantha Rangaswamy resigned from her post after receiving the conflict of interest notice. Kapil Dev, former Indian women’s national cricket team captain Shantha Rangaswamy and former Indian cricketer and two-time men’s coach Anshuman Gaekwad were the members in CAC.

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CAC members Anshuman Gaekwad, Kapil Dev and Shantha Rangaswamy (Image Credit: Google)

These CAC members have jointly selected WV Raman as the head coach of Indian women’s national cricket team last year. In last August, this committee has chosen to retain Ravi Shastri as the head coach of Indian men’s national cricket team. Soon after that, Shastri has earned the extension of a two-year contract in this post.

Recently, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta has registered the conflict of interest complaints against all the three CAC members. He claimed that all these three CAC members are holding two posts. Later, the BCCI ethics officer DK Jain provided the conflict of interest notices to all the three CAC members.

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Soon after that notice, Shantha Rangaswamy resigned from the CAC post. She also resigned from the director post of the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA).

Kapil Dev emailed his resignation to the BCCI

Now, Kapil Dev has also decided to follow the same path. However, he is continuing his role in the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA).

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Kapil Dev (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kapil Dev has notified his resignation via email to the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) head Vinod Rai and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri.

The former Indian captain wrote, “It was a pleasure to be part of the Ad-Hoc CAC to specifically select the Head Coach for the Men’s Cricket Team. I hereby tender my resignation from the same with immediate effect.”


Shantha Rangaswamy Resigns From BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee After Being Served With Conflict of Interest Notice

A day after being served a Conflict of Interest notice by BCCI’s ethics officer DK Jain, Shantha Rangaswmay, a member of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), has resigned from her post. Rangaswamy, along with Kapil Dev and Anshuman Gaekwad, was issued a notice yesterday.

“I have other plans so have decided to move on. The CAC was anyway meeting once in a year or one in two years so I did not understand the conflict,” she said, as per PTI.

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Sanjeev Gupta, a member of MPCA, had complained against the trio stating that all the members of the CAC fall under the conflict of interest issue. As per BCCI’s rules, no official can hold more than one position in the board.

Shantha Rangaswamy Resigns From BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee After Being Served With Conflict of Interest Notice 1

This very rule saw Rahul Dravid give up his job at IPL in 2017. Ravi Shastri, India head coach, cannot commentate during IPL due to same reason.

Gupta stated that Rangaswamy has roles in CAC and Indian cricketers association. He added that Kapil Dev is a commentator, owns a floodlight company and is also a member of ICA. Gaekwad, as per Sanjeev, owns an academy and is a member of BCCI affiliation committee.

The present CAC member came into existence last year. They first selected WV Raman as the head coach of India’s women’s team and last month, the same committee retained Ravi Shastri as head coach. With Rangaswamy leaving the post, the other members might also give up their positions.

It is to be noted that the previous CAC also gave their positions in the committee due to conflict of interest issue.

VVS Laxman | Sachin Tendulkar | Sachin Tendulkar |
Cricket Advisory Committee of BCCI.

Sachin Tendulkar is the icon of IPL franchise Mumbai Indians. Sourav Ganguly is a mentor of Delhi Capitals, commentator, TV expert and the President of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

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Laxman is the mentor of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and a commentator. The trio had picked Anil Kumble as head coach in 2016 and Shastri in 2017.

CAC’s next assignment will come when Shastri’s tenure as head coach will come to an end in November 2021.

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Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli. (Credits - Twitter)

BCCI To Announce The Head Coach Today At 7 PM

Today at 7 PM, BCCI will announce the Indian men’s cricket team Head Coach to handover over the future of India Cricket team. The six candidates Shortlisted by BCCI have been interviewed today by Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) from 10:30 am at BCCI’s Headquarter.

CAC comprising of former India cricketers Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy will select the apt candidate among the six shortlisted candidates.

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The six shortlisted candidates are Tom Moody, Mike Hesson, Ravi Shastri, Phil Simmons, Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput.

However, the CAC will not make the final selection. It will rank the candidates according to their merits and preferences.

BCCI said that there was a total of 2000 applications for the post of India head coach and the support staff, including the administrative manager of the team. In which merely Six were shortlisted for the head coach interview.

BCCI has to settle on the minimum requirement they had initially advertised for the head coach. The measure remains the same for batting, bowling and fielding coach except for the number of games played. Mike Hesson and Lalchand Rajput are the two for which BCCI has to sacrifice the minimum criteria of ‘minimum of 30 Tests or 50 ODIs played’.

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Mike Hesson was the former coach of New Zealand. He made the team to fight first time in finals in 2015 ODI World Cup. But he had never played international cricket. Rajput was the manager of India cricket team during 2007 world cup. Under His Coaching, Afganistan wins over West Indies for the first time.

Tom Moody, Mike Hesson and Phil Simmons are the three foreign coaches. BCCI has not been in approval of foreign coaches.

Ravi Shastri may lead

Ravi Shastri may lead. Captain Virat Kohli wholeheartedly accepts him. Shastri is the first Coach under which India team has retained the position of No.1 in Test ranking. He has played the role of director with head coach Fletcher in 2014.

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Photo Credit: AP.

Speaking purely from the results perspective, he (Shastri) has done quite well. So, besides Ravi, all other positions (in the coaching and support staff) in my opinion are open depending on who is applying, their credentials and whether they meet the criteria of the BCCI,” Gaekwad had told Mid-Day.

Present India’s men cricket staff, including Head Coach Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun, Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar, was granted 45-days extension period for India Tour with West Indies. Shastri will give his interview at 4 pm through skype as he is with team India.

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Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Google)

CAC Member Kapil Dev Speaks On Virat Kohli’s Opinion About The Indian Head Coach

Former Indian World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev has recently claimed that the Indian captain Virat Kohli‘s opinion about the Indian coach should be respected.

The present Indian captain Virat Kohli has a special bonding with the current head coach Ravi Shastri. After the conclusion of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, Ravi Shastri has taken the head coach role of the national team. Earlier, he was the team director of this team from August 2014 to June 2016.

Initially, Shastri had the contract of the present role till the end of 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. He has earned a 45-day extension for this post as he is now available for the national team till the end of the West Indies and USA tour.

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Meanwhile, the BCCI has started to find out the next coaching staffs. The present coaching members also can re-apply for their current posts.

Before leaving India for the Caribbean tour, Indian captain Virat Kohli supported the present head coach. Kohli claimed that he would be happy if Shastri remained India’s head coach.

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Virat Kohli recently defended the head coach Ravi Shastri (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy are the members of newly formed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), who will take the interview of the short-listed candidates.

We have to respect everybody’s opinion – Kapil Dev

Recently, Kapil Dev claimed that they would respect the Indian captain Virat Kohli’s opinion like everybody’s opinion. The former Indian World Cup-winning captain said this before receiving the ‘Bharat Gaurav’ award, East Bengal FC’s highest honour.

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Kapil Dev (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Kapil Dev said, “That’s his (Kohli) opinion. We have to respect everybody’s opinion.”

Earlier, another CAC member Anshuman Gaekwad claimed that the BCCI could take Kohli’s view as a note, but they can’t take it. The former Indian cricketer and coach added that the CAC would start the process with an open-minded.

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Shantha Rangaswamy feels Virat Kohli has the right to give his opinion

Meanwhile, the former Indian women’s captain Shantha Rangaswamy claimed that the CAC’s collective view would determine the next coach. However, she also claimed that the Indian captain Virat Kohli has the right to share his opinion.

Rangaswamy told PTI, “Virat is the captain and he is entitled to his opinion but it will be the collective opinion of the three of us (CAC) which will determine who the next head coach is.

“I read some media reports and I endorse Anshuman’s view on the matter. We need to look at all aspects — his experience, the ability to bring the team together and how a good a strategist one is.”

According to the media reports, the BCCI has received around 2,000 applications for the head coach post.

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Kapil Dev. Getty Images

Kapil Dev Might Head CAC To Appoint New Coach For Team India: Report

Indian cricket team could have a new coaching staff soon, especially after the team fell short at the semi-final stage of the World Cup for the second consecutive occasion. Had the team won the tournament, coaching staff headed by Ravi Shastri could have stayed for long but now, it seems like BCCI will begin the process of appointing new coaches soon.

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As the things stand, Ravi Shastri and his staff will travel to the West Indies and during the same tour, BCCI will begin the process of appointing new coaches. The present staff will be given an automatic entry but it is unlikely that all the coaches will stay.

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This time, the committee of appointing coaches might also see an overhaul. As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, former World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev might be given the responsibility to appoint a new coach. Kapil and Shastri were teammates in team India’s 1983 triumph.

The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will also consist of veterans Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy. The same committee had appointed WV Raman as the head coach of women’s team last year. The legends of the game might be asked to do the same job again, albeit for the men’s team.

The CAC consisting of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman is almost non-existent due to conflict of interest issues. All the three players are associated with IPL teams and are also part of CAC, that raises the conflict of interest. There is no clarity over the role of CAC as well as it only comes in existence when team India needs a new coach.

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Cricket Advisory Committee of BCCI.

The committee was formed in 2015 and did their first job in 2016 when the members named Anil Kumble as the head coach. After Kumble, the committee named Ravi Shastri as the coach and his contract ended after World Cup.

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But just like the last occasion, the current coaching panel has been given an extension till the time a new coach is appointed.

It remains to be seen if CAC headed by Kapil Dev will be involved in the process and if they take the job, whether Shastri will get an extension or will a new face take over the job.

India play West Indies in a full-fledged series starting next month and the present coaching staff will travel to the Caribbean islands with the team.