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Kapil Dev resigns as CAC chief

Former Indian captain Kapil Dev resigned from the post of the chairman of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). He is the second one of the three-member committee to step down after Shantha Rangaswamy, former captain of Indian Women. 

Kapil, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy were named in the Cricket Advisory Committee after Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman had refused to take part in the procedure of India’s women’s coach selection last year. The committee was then formed and worked as an ad-hoc body initially that named W.V. Raman as the head coach of women’s team. It was given the role of picking the head coaches of India women’s and men’s cricket teams. Ravi Shastri was also reappointed by CAC as the head coach of the men’s team. 

But then Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjiv Gupta went on to file a complaint against the trio. Accoridng to him the members were not following the BCCI constitution that suggests no individual can hold more than one post at the same time. Gupta stated that the CAC members are involved in multiple cricketing roles. According to him, Kapil is conflicted as he is a commentator, owner of a floodlight company, and member of Indian Cricketers Association, besides his CAC role. The same was accused against Rangaswamy, because of her multiple roles with the CAC and ICA. The members were eventually served Conflict of Interest notice by BCCI’s ethics officer DK Jain in September 2019.

Rangaswamy had no interest of contesting the notice and she was also gave up her role in the Indian Cricketers Association. The frustrated ex-cricketer said, “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 further clarified, “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.”

Kapil followed her but did not reveal the reason for his resignation. He sent a formal email to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai.

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