World Cup-winning former India captain Kapil Dev is the latest to quit Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Cricket Advisory Committee.
Kapil Dev resigned as the chief of the CAC days after Shanta Rangaswamy stepped down from the 3-member committee. Kapil did not reveal the reason for his resignation but wrote an email to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), informing them about his decision.
Kapil Dev was appointed the chief of the ad-hoc committee former in July 2019. The CAC was tasked with the role of picking the head coaches of India women’s and men’s cricket teams. Kapil-led CAC had conducted interviews and re-appointed Ravi Shastri as head coach of Virat Kohli-led senior national team.
Notably, Shanta Rangaswamy stepped down from the post after she along with Kapil Dev and Anshuman Gaekwad was served Conflict of Interest notice by BCCI’s ethics officer DK Jain in September 2019.
MPCA life member Sanjiv Gupta had filed the complaint against the CAC members in September. In the complaint, Gupta had claimed that the CAC members don multiple cricketing roles.
Gupta said Kapil Dev is conflicted as he is a commentator, owner of a floodlight company, member of Indian Cricketers Association, besides his CAC role while he pointed out Shantha Rangaswamy’s multiple roles in the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) and CAC.
Meanwhile, Shantha Rangaswamy expressed frustration at the scenario emerging out of strict implementation of Conflict of interest guidelines which has left the cricketers helpless.I want to contribute to BCCI but I want to pursue other things as well. I can’t do it if I stick to these positions.
Rangaswamy had also confirmed she would not contest the notice and that she was also giving up her role in the Indian Cricketers Association.
“There is no point in contesting the notice, going through a hearing. As it is I would have had to give up a post. I have decided to give up both posts,” she said.
Only recently, Rahul Dravid deposed before BCCI Ethics Officer DK Jain after Sanjeev Gupta complaint against him over a potential Conflict of Interest.
Gupta said there is a conflict of interest in Dravid’s role as National Cricket Academy head and his role as vice-president at India Cements, which own Chennai Super Kings.