The Asian Age - - Sport -

New Delhi, Feb. 10: 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 a 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 U19 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 said.

“The ap­point­ment is on a tem­po­rary ba­sis and they will also work with U19 set up 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 U19 set- up dur­ing an up­com­ing Quad­ran­gu­lar series in­volv­ing In­dia U19 ‘ A’ and ‘ B’ teams along with colts from South Africa and Afghanistan.

Vikram Rathour

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