Rathour added to In­dia A sup­port staff, is­sue raised

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Sport - Sports­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The BCCI is set to ap­point for­mer Test opener Vikram Rathour as bat­ting coach of In­dia A and Un­der 19 teams but since he is a rel­a­tive of U-19 na­tional se­lec­tor Ashish Kapoor, the re­cruit­ment may lead to a ‘con­flict of in­ter­est’ con­tro­versy.

It has been learnt that GM (Cricket Op­er­a­tions) Saba Karim got green light for tem­po­rary ap­point­ment of Rathour and wicket-keep­ing coach Vi­jay Ya­dav from the Com­mit­tee of Ad­min­is­tra­tors (CoA) chief Vinod Rai as “ad­di­tional staff for A and U19 teams”.

How­ever Kapoor is Rathour’s brother-in-law and as per new BCCI con­sti­tu­tion, it could lead to a di­rect case of con­flict of in­ter­est.

“In­dia A and U-19 coach Rahul Dravid had specif­i­cally rec­om­mended two names — Rathour as bat­ting coach and Vi­jay Ya­dav as field­ing coach as ad­di­tional staff for A team,” a se­nior BCCI of­fi­cial privy to the devel­op­ment said on con­di­tion of anonymity.

“The ap­point­ment is on a tem­po­rary ba­sis and they will also work with U-19 setup dur­ing quad­ran­gu­lar se­ries and also at the NCA. He (Rathour) will also be Rest of In­dia coach in Irani Cup,” the of­fi­cial added.

Rathour is sup­posed to be part of In­dia U-19 setup dur­ing an up­com­ing quad­ran­gu­lar se­ries in­volv­ing In­dia U-19 A and B teams along with colts from South Africa and Afghanistan.

The ques­tion be­ing raised is whether GM (Op­er­a­tions) Karim had ap­prised CoA chief Rai about prob­lems that can arise due to Rathour’s ap­point­ment even it has been Dravid’s rec­om­men­da­tion.

Karim was un­avail­able for a com­ment de­spite be­ing con­tacted.

▪ Vikram Rathour.

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