Ques­tions raised over Rathour ap­point­ment

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES SPORT -

New Delhi: BCCI is set to ap­point former Test opener Vikram Rathour as bat­ting coach of In­dia ‘A’ and Un­der 19 teams. Since he is a rel­a­tive of U19 na­tional se­lec­tor Ashish Kapoor, the ap­point­ment may lead to a case of con­flict of in­ter­est.

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 of­fici- al privy to the devel­op­ment 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.

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.

While Karim was un­avail­able for a com­ment de­spite be­ing con­tacted, a se- nior of­fi­cial did raise a few ques­tions about the process.

“It is not Mr Rai’s duty to know who is re­lated to whom. Did Karim in­ti­mate him about a po­ten­tial con­flict of in­ter­est sit­u­a­tion? That’s the first ques­tion.

“The sec­ond ques­tion here is whether a due dili­gence was fol­lowed by Karim while ap­point­ing Rathour and Ya­dav? Were proper in­ter­views con­ducted on ba­sis of ad­ver­tise­ment on board”s site?“he fur­ther ques­tioned. “Last and fi­nal point is that if he will work on a tem­po­rary ba­sis with U19s, and he is also sup­posed to work at the NCA as bat­ting con­sul­tant, so does that mean a sep­a­rate bat­ting coach (for NCA) will be ap­pointed later.”

Rathour, a pro­lific run get­ter for Pun­jab and later Hi­machal Pradesh in Ranji Tro­phy, played a hand­ful of Tests in 1996 in Eng­land and South Africa.

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