BCCI interviews candidates for post of women's coach, but CAC not involved

Amitabh Choudhary, acting secretary of the BCCI, marked himself absent citing an injured left foot, as CEO Rahul Johri and GM operations Saba Karim conducted interviews with close to two dozen candidates for the post of women’s national coach in the presence of CoA member Diana Eduljee on Friday.

Those in the know of the process told TOI that the interviews took place “rather hurriedly” and candidates are now being shortlisted for the next round. This happens even as the Supreme Court order on the BCCI constitution – one that came out on Thursday – mandates that the board’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) should take a call on all matters related to the selection of a national coach.

It is the CAC – comprising former legends Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman – that took a call on the appointment of the men’s national coach. “It’s a kind of a grey area right now because we don’t know if this present CAC is functional right now. One member heads a state association, another is a commentator and working in the Indian Premier League (IPL). It needs to be clarified,” said those tracking developments.

At this moment, the CAC has not been involved in any way with the selection process.

The women’s World T20 is scheduled in the West Indies this year starting November 9 and with the team functioning under an interim coach right now, the onus is on the BCCI to take a call on the appointment as early as possible.

The process is already delayed because as it is less than three months are left before the World T20 begins. In such a scenario, if BCCI were to take a call on appointing a national coach without express recommendations of the CAC, “it will not be in line with the SC order,” say board sources, citing lack of clarity.

This could lead the BCCI to another option of continuing with the interim coach (or set of coaches) – former cricketer Ramesh Powar is working with the women’s team right now – to continue with the national team until the BCCI AGM takes a final decision going forward.

CoA meeting on August 20

The Committee of Administrators (CoA), whose task going forward is to see the implementation of the BCCI’s new constitution across state associations and the general body, will meet in New Delhi on August 20 “to study the draft”. TOI understands that the draft constitution is “almost ready” and could be submitted to the office of the registrar – the board is registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Act – by the end of this month. Potentially, one can expect the BCCI AGM between mid-October and mid-November.

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