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SC issues notice to N Srinivasan, Shah for participating in the BCCI meet
14.07.17 - TEAM PT
SC issues notice to N Srinivasan, Shah for participating in the BCCI meet



The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to former BCCI boss N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah, asking how the two could be representatives of state cricket bodies if they have been disqualified as the top cricketing body’s office-bearers.
 
This comes after the SC appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) in a scathing status report, described the duo of Srinivasan and Shah as "disqualified office bearers with vested interest", who are trying to stall implementation of Lodha reforms.
 
"How can a person disqualified by virtue of apex court order be nominated as nominee of state cricket associations and attend the meeting of BCCI," a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said.
 
Both Srinivasan and Shah were disqualified from becoming the office bearers of BCCI or state cricket bodies as they fell under the category of debarment for either having conflict of interest or attaining the age of 70 years, as per Justice R M Lodha led panel recommendation which were accepted by the apex court.
 
The bench said it will decide the matter on the next date of the hearing and sought the replies from Srinivasan and Shah on the objections raised by CoA in their report.

Both Srinivasan and Shah sat in the SGM as nominees of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and Saurashtra Cricket Association respectively.

The Supreme Court on Thursday gave the duo time till July 24 to respond to the notice. The apex court further said that it will examine if office bearers, otherwise disqualified, can participate in BCCI affairs through other routes.

The apex court also accepted the unconditional and unequivocal apology tendered by another former BCCI chief Anurag Thakur after he appeared in person. The bench dropped the contempt proceedings against Thakur.

The court also relieved noted historian Ramchandra Guha and banker Vikram Limaye from the CoA after they tendered their resignation expressing inability to continue as administrators in the BCCI.




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Suspense ends, Ravi Shastri appointed as Team India's coach till 2019 World Cup
11.07.17 - TEAM PT
Suspense ends, Ravi Shastri appointed as Team India's coach till 2019 World Cup



The drama surrounding the selection of the head coach of the Indian cricket team finally came to an end almost two months after it began, with cricketer-turned-commentator Ravi Shastri bagging the job on Tuesday according to reports in media.
 
This comes one day after the CAC announced that they will need more time and talk to captain Virat Kohli before finalising Anil Kumble's successor.

Shastri, 55, was chosen by the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that included former captains Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and batting great VVS Laxman. He had initially not applied for the post but when BCCI extended the deadline for applications till July 9, the former Indian team director jumped into the fray and became the hot favourite.
 
Shastri, who has served as Indian team director from August 2014 to June 2016, shares a healthy rapport with the players including captain Virat Kohli.
 
The former India captain was also the front-runner for the India coach’s role last time around due to his successful stint as Team Director, before Anil Kumble entered the fray and was handed the high-profile position over 56 other applicants.
 
According to reports, the BCCI had received 10 applications for the post of India’s head coach — Shastri, Sehwag, Moody, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh, Lalchand Rajput, Lance Klusener, Rakesh Sharma (Oman national team coach), Phil Simmons and Upendranath Brahmachari (an engineer sans any cricketing background).
 
However, only five of these — Sehwag, Shastri, Moody, Rajput, and Pybus — were reportedly interviewed by the CAC.

Shastri, who was considered as the front-runner for the job ever since he had expressed his desire to apply for the post, edged past the other five candidates who were interviewed in the all-important meeting in Mumbai.
 
The Virat Kohli-led Indian team was without a head coach after Anil Kumble resigned from the post after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, terming his relationship with the skipper as ‘untenable’. Sanjay Bangar stepped in as coach on the tour of the West Indies. India won the ODI series but lost the one-off T20 on Sunday.
 
During Shastri's tenure, India won limited overs series series away against England in 2014, reached the semi-finals of the World Cup and World T20 (2015 and 2016 respectively), won away Test series against Sri Lanka, home series against South Africa and T20 away series against Australia.
 
Shastri's first appointment will be the tour to Sri Lanka, one that consists of three Tests, five ODIs and one T20I.




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