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New women's coach: Kapil, Gaekwad may be in interview panel if CAC refuses

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The legendary could be part of the panel to finalise India's new women's as there is a possibility that the BCCI's Advisory Committee (CAC) may not be able to conduct the process for various reasons.

The position of women's has been left vacant after a bitter end to Ramesh Powar's interim tenure on November 30 and the deadline for potential candidates to file applications ends on December 15.

As per norms, the CAC is mandated to conduct interviews for the job but the committee, comprising the legendary trio of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly, may not be part of the process owing to prior commitments.

"Sachin (Tendulkar), (VVS) Laxman and Sourav (Ganguly) will be asked first and once they give it in writing that they are interested, they will decide on a new coach," a BCCI source privy to development, told on condition of anonymity.

However, there is speculation that the CAC may refuse like it did during the choice of junior national selectors and a new panel could be formed.

The CAC had opted out of the junior selectors' selection process citing prior commitments. Tendulkar had also cited conflict of interest due to his son Arjun's active career at the age-group level right now.

"The BCCI is looking at eminent names and right now we have around five names on our radar depending on their availability. Also we have checked whether there's any Conflict of Interest," the said.

"Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad, and are some of the names that BCCI will approach and depending on their availability, will constitute a three member panel," he added.

Of these, Gavaskar may not come on board due to his

"Gavaskar is the biggest name but he has so many However, both Gavaskar as he has shown in his columns, is a passionate follower of women's game and so is Kapil, who has best interest of Indian in mind," the said.

"and Shubhangi are respected in the Indian cricket fraternity and are acceptable names," he added.

Powar's term ended a week after lost the semifinals of the World T20 to England. The furore started after the team management dropped Mithali Raj from the knock-out fixture.

Mithali went on to accuse Powar and (CoA) member of trying to destroy her and having a bias against her.

Powar, on his part, accused Mithali of threatening to retire midway into the World T20 after being denied the opening slot and creating chaos in the team.

A senior BCCI officials criticised the CoA for its handling of the entire issue and said it wouldn't come as a surprise if the CAC refuses to be a part of the selection process given how it was "over-ruled" in the Virat Kohli-fallout last year.

Kumble had to resign from the coach's position after a fallout with Kohli and was brought in on the captain's insistence despite reservations expressed by the CAC.

"If CoA has decided already that CAC might not be interested, then blame it on how they were bypassed during Virat Kohli-fiasco and subsequent appointment of Ravi Shastri," a senior said.

"No wonder this issue has also not been handled professionally and CoA has been projected in very poor light," he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 18:45 IST