CoA chief Rai plays down head coaches’ controversial exit

“This has been going since the time of Greg Chappell and Sourav Ganguly. This is nothing new”,

New Delhi : Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai on Tuesday played down the recent trend of senior players influencing the future of coaches in Indian cricket, saying “there was nothing new in it”.

Indian women’s cricket team coach Tushar Arothe’s stint ended after his position became untenable due to alleged differences with some of the senior players, including T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, who had protested against his training methods.

This is the second time during the CoA tenure that a national coach has stepped down after players’ revolt. Last year, men’s team head coach Anil Kumble resigned after his much-publicised differences with captain Virat Kohli.

“This has been going since the time of Greg Chappell and Sourav Ganguly. This is nothing new,” Rai said after a COA meeting on Tuesday.

Arothe’s public rant did not go well with the CoA, also comprising Diana Edulji. Both Rai and Edulji confirmed that former India off-spinner Ramesh Powar has taken over on an interim basis and a permanent coach will be appointed after the July 20 application deadline.

BCCI office-bearers and technical committee chairman Sourav Ganguly will meet in Kolkata on July 22 to discuss the board’s stance on its cricketers being dope-tested.

The BCCI has so far refused to come under the purview of the National-Anti Doping Agency and tests its cricketers through a private agency. However, a meeting has finally been organised with the World Anti-Doping Agency, putting additional pressure on the ICC to make BCCI NADA compliant.

Another issue up for discussion in the meeting will be the participation of outstation domestic players in state leagues like the Tamil Nadu Premier League.  “We will consider allowing outstation players in various state leagues based on their IPL experience. If they are not regulars in the IPL, it makes sense for them to go ahead and play in state leagues,” said the BCCI official.

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