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Ravi Shastri

After taking the position from Anil Kumble as an Indian coach, Ravi Shastri is very clear on one thing that ‘the captain is the boss of the team. He and his backroom staff are only to help the players are in the right frame of mind to perform at their best.

Shastri was a team director just before Kumble was appointed as coach last year, he said disappointed when he was overlooked as head coach in 2016. However, after Kumble’s contract expired in June 2017, BCCI decided not to renew it and sent out an advertisement seeking candidates for the position.

The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman finding India’s next coach told the BCCI that Kumble remained their first choice. But Kumble stepped down after realising the differences between him and the captain Virat Kohli had become “untenable.”

Ravi Shastri

Talking about earlier selection, recent new Indian coach Shastri said to ‘Times of India’ “I had not really wrapped my head around the gravity of the situation. There was nothing personal. I really hadn’t begun to understand the seriousness of this. But when I sat down and gave it a serious thought, I began to tell myself.”

“Here is a unit that I have been part of and enjoyed a great working relationship with. Having been part of the unit that helped it become No. 1, I thought the onus is on me now to make it work again, in the best interests of everybody involved. That’s when I knew it’s time for me to apply again.”

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Taking about happy to let the captain charge, Shastri said “It’s always the captain’s team and it is the leader who calls the shots. That’s how it has always worked. A coach’s role, effectively speaking, is to stay in the background and let the onus be on the players.”

Ravi Shastri

“The coach and support staff’s role is to get the players in the most brilliant frame of mind to execute things and if done effectively, it brings enjoyment to the player’s game.”

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Shastri said about his relationship with the support staff, “I’m simply going to press the refresh button and begin from where I left. I know what I’m stepping into, players have an idea of what’s coming, so that ticks the first box.”

“Just to give you an idea, I won’t be spending the first six to eight months in the job warming up to the team. That had already been accomplished in my previous stint. This time, it’s going to be about getting on the job from day one.”

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Zaheer Khan

Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) on Thursday wrote a letter in a plain paper to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai and BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, asking them to clear the air with a view to the appointment of the Indian men’s cricket team head coach and specialists.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s CAC Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman selected Ravi Shastri as the Indian men’s cricket head coach and Zaheer Khan as bowling coach and Rahul Dravid as batting coach.

The claim leveled against CAC is that the committee goes beyond its brief with Zaheer and Dravid as support staff. “There have been suggestions that the CAC has exceeded its ambit in going with Mr. Khan and Mr. Dravid, and that these two legends of Indian cricket have been foisted on the head coach.”

“We also bring to your notice that the mail you had circulated to us saying that we had an absolutely free hand in picking the coach of the Indian cricket team. Also, we did inform you over the phone, along with Rahul Johri (BCCI CEO) and Amitabh Choudhary, of all that transpired immediately after the meeting was over.”

Zaheer Khan

“As we have outlined, that is not the case, and it is imperative that the public is made aware of the reality. We could do it ourselves, of course, but we don’t want to further queer the pitch. So we would respectfully request you to clear the air and set the record straight in this regard,” CAC members wrote this letter.

According to the reports, Shastri wants Bharat Arun as full-time bowling coach. As both of them have been worked together during his director from August 2014 to March 2016 and the new coach wanted a meeting.

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However, on Wednesday Ganguly said to The Indian Express that the CAC had recommended Zaheer and Dravid as bowling and batting consultants in that order after consulting Shastri. “He (Shastri) was consulted by Sachin. That’s why we had asked for time.”

Zaheer Khan

On Thursday, the BCCI release that “The recommendation for Mr. Ravi Shastri was made on the merit of his presentation and the vision that he projected for taking the team to greater heights.”

“After taking the decision on his selection, the CAC consulted him and decided on having Batting and Bowling consultants on the overseas tour-to-tour basis, as per the requirement of the team.”

New Indian coach Shastri said in several interviews that he would be happy to have the knowledge of Zaheer and Dravid on foreign tours. CoA member said to The Indian Express that the BCCI acting secretary and CEO to be directed to speaks to the new Indian coach about this matter.

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COA

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has asked to BCCI to announce the new Indian men’s cricket head coach today. The boards of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) had delayed the announcement after taking interview of five candidates on Monday. But, COA doesn’t want any delay, therefore, directed the BCCI.

The CAC member Ganguly said on Monday, “We want to speak to Virat Kohli, once he is back from America, all three of us, the respective people concerned, we will explain to him that the coaches want to function in a certain way and make sure everybody is on the same page once we make the announcement. Once, we make the announcement, it has to be till the World Cup.”

The CoA member said to The Indian Express that “We were actually very generously wanting to build up consensus and that’s why we were waiting for them (BCCI members) to hold the SGM.”

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“We held back (the status report) for that only. But now they are totally disruptive. We actually spent the last four-five months trying to build consensus, facing criticism in the process.”

“See, we can’t enforce the new constitution on the BCCI or state associations. The court has to do it. The status report has asked for directions from the court, making it very clear that the CoA has tried everything possible but they (BCCI members) are not coming around, thereby making us recommend the imposition of the new constitution. Three-four elements in the entire BCCI are disrupting the process.”

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Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai likely to meet with the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) Chief Executive Officer Rahul Johri to discuss the spat between Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli.

CEO Johri wants a complete detailed report from team manager Kapil Malhotra as he will submit the report to CoA Rai, who will discuss Kumble stepping down. The meeting between CEO and CoA will be held on June 24th and will decide the future of action and will invite in fresh applications to the post of head coach.

Kumble original agreement expired with the team Champions Trophy campaign, but Kumble was inclining to get an extension after having a successful run during his leading year.

Kumble has chosen as the head coach of India men’s cricket teams by former players Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman. The selection process of the new coach is expected to be named before India starts their tour of Sri Lanka in next months.

Vinod Rai

India will travel to Sri Lanka in July for the three Tests, five ODIs and a T20 International which will starts from July 26 to September 6.

According to the local media reports, captain Kohli was found Kumble’s brand of coaching a bit too assertive and their relationship was beyond repair.

Kumble becomes the India’s most successful leg-spin bowler and led the country to 12 victories in 17 Tests with just one loss. He helps the country to win One-day International series against New Zealand and England with losing only in T20 series against West Indies and also in Champions Trophy 2017.

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The BCCI said in a statement that “While the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) had endorsed an extension to his tenure as head coach, Anil Kumble has decided not to continue as the coach.”

Rahul Johri

But Kumble’s statement said that his decision to resign due to Kohli had reservations about his style of coaching. “I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as the Head Coach.”

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“I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach. Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstanding between the Captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I, therefore, believe it is best for me to move on.”

It is learned that five men have been shortlisted for the new coach of the Indian men’s cricket team, like Tom Moody, Virender Sehwag, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus and Dodda Ganesh.

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Vinod Rai

On Thursday, the members of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Committee of Administration (COA) Ramachandra Guha resigned and trapped the rest of his colleagues in the committee by surprise.

In January, Guha is one of the four members selected by the Supreme Court along with Vikram Limaye, Managing Director, and CEO of IDFC, Diana Edulji, former Indian women’s Test player.

The committee is started by Rai, former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).

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Talking about the resigning of Guha, Rai said to India Today that “We don’t have any email from Ramachandra Guha on it. Nor does the BCCI CEO (Rahul Johri). Other members of the committee are also unaware. I am hearing from the media. If he has resigned, who has he sent the resignation to? We are also trying to find out from him.”

Vinod Rai

The bench of Justices M Shantanagoudar and Deepak Gupta was informed by Guha’s advice that he will accept his resignation on May 28 to Vinod Rai, who was the Chairman of the COA of the BCCI.

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The Committee of Administration was selected to certify that the Lodha Panel advice was applied by the BCCI. The top court bench, headed by the Justice Dipak Mishra, also directed the CEO of Board of Control for Cricket in India, Rahul Johri, to report to the panel of administrations.

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BCCI

Thursday, 30 March 2017: Modifying the Indian Premier League payment system, the (COA) Committee of Administrations agreed to release match funds on Thursday to all the host state associations before the first match begin.

As per the method of payment, each staging associations will get Rs 60 lakh to host every IPL match, from the total amount of Rs 30 lakh will be paid by the IPL match before match start.

BCCI

BCCi will pay its share two weeks after the completion of the League. But in an exit from the current average, the COA decided in the meeting with the officials from the 10 state associations that the BCCI’s share will also be paid before the IPL begins on this season 10th.

The Presidents of a state unit said to PTI on the condition of anonymity that “We will get the entire amount before the first match at each centre. The COA was very receptive to our suggestions and said that from this edition the Rs 30 lakh per match that BCCI disburses for staging associations, it will be paid before the first match.”

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10 State Units Host IPL Match

The representatives of 10 state units are Karnataka, Delhi, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Punjab, Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Saurashtra, Hyderabad, and Uttar Pradesh met the COA to talk about the disbursements of funds.

Therefore, as per the decision of Thursday meeting like Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore will get a minimum of Rs 4.20 Cr (Rs 60 lakh per match for minimum 7 games) before match start of IPL season 10th. Also, UPCA which will host two matches in Kanpur will get Rs 1.20 Cr.

BCCI

When asked whether there was any kind of hostility or bad blood between the state unit officials meet and COA.

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The senior office-bearer rubbished the rumours that “It was a very cordial meeting. The best part was that COA and the officials of staging unit are all on the same page. If there are some disgruntled members, it’s their headache but the staging units were all on the same page.”

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