Dilemma & delay
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has once again delayed the formation of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) at a meeting of its office-bearers in Mumbai on Thursday.
It is still not clear when the CAC will be formed because of the lack of “suitable candidates” and the office-bearers have now left it to president Sourav Ganguly to decide on the issue.
“No one knows when the CAC will be formed. The president has given no timeframe. He doesn’t seem to be in any hurry and could happen once the Supreme Court comes clear on the conflict of interest issue,” a senior functionary told The Telegraph.
A bench led by Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde has decided to list the Board matter “along with all connected interlocutory applications in January, 2020 before the appropriate bench”.
“Sourav has been trying for some big names in the CAC. He feels that it is an elite panel and should include stalwarts. But none wants to get embroiled in fresh controversies. Unless they get the all-clear from the Board and its legal advisors they will not give their consent,” he said.
The formation of the CAC has become important since the term of at least two of the national selectors — chairman MSK Prasad and his colleague Gagan Khoda, who were appointed in 2015 — has expired. The Board wants a new selection committee in place before the squad for the New Zealand tour is picked.
At its meeting at the Cricket Centre on Thursday, the office-bearers dealt at length with the functioning of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in the presence of its director Rahul Dravid.
The Board has already acquired the proposed land for building a new NCA facility near Bangalore. The land is a stone’s throw away from the Kempegowda International Airport in Devanahalli.
“Sourav wants the NCA to be a High Performance Centre on the lines of Cricket Australia’s facility in Brisbane.
“The formulation of a process where every contracted cricketer will have to undergo his rehab at the NCA will be put in place,” a source said.
“The meeting was more of administrative nature. The feasibility of trainers and physios travelling to a player’s base if he is unwilling to travel to the NCA was also looked into.”