Rathour added to India A support staff, issue raised
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.
“I ndia A a nd U- 1 9 c oach 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 i n I r ani Cup,” t he of f i c i al 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.
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