New Delhi: 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 U19 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 the new BCCI constitution, it could lead to a direct case of conflict of interest.
“India A and U-19 coach Rahul Dravid had specifically recommended two names – Rathour as batting coach and Vijay Yadav as fielding coach as additional staff for the A team,” a senior BCCI official privy to the development told this agency on condition of anonymity.
“The appointment is on a temporary basis and they will also work with U-19 set up during the Quadrangular series and also at the NCA. He (Rathour) will also be appointed Rest of India coach in Irani Cup,” the official added.
The question being raised is whether Karim had apprised 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 senior 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,” said the official.
“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.