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Kapil Dev-led CAC wants to be involved in selecting assistant coaches

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The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), which oversaw the reappointment of Ravi Shastri as head coach of the India men’s team, wants to have a say in picking his three assistants too.

The CAC has written to the BCCI expressing its desire to be involved in selecting the batting, bowling and fielding coaches, even though the senior selection panel, currently headed by MSK Prasad, is empowered to choose them as per the board’s new constitution.

All three CAC members – former India captain Kapil Dev, former India opener Anshuman Gaekwad, and the former India women captain Shanta Rangaswamy – have signed the letter, which reasons that the task of picking the three assistant coaches should be given the same importance as the selection of the head coach, and to that end, the CAC’s opinion should be taken on board. ESPNcricinfo understands that Shastri could also be consulted before finalising the three assistant coaches.

“Yes, we should have a say,” Kapil said during the announcement of the head coach, in Mumbai on Friday. “If you ask me, we have a recommendation to the board from the three of us and [we have asked for it] to put in black and white in the minutes [that] it is not right if we are not doing that job also. We [have] given a letter to the board.”

When asked if the CAC should exclusively be entrusted with the responsibility of selecting the support staff – as was the case with the head coach’s appointment – Kapil disagreed.

“No, including [both the CAC and the selection panel],” Kapil said. “There should not be a communication gap. Their (the selectors’) strength and our strength is the same for the team; we want to make sure that team should get benefited, and that’s what we wanted. If we can help them (the selection committee), and the chairman of selection committee, and his team can help [us], and the board also want[s] the same and I have no doubt you (the media) also want the same [that] the Indian team should do well.”

During the previous appointment procedure of the head coach and his support staff, in 2017, the CAC at the time – Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman – also recommended to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) that Zaheer Khan (bowling consultant) and Rahul Dravid (batting consultant for overseas Test series) come on board. The CoA said these weren’t official appointments, and that the CAC hadn’t been empowered to make them. In the end, following the recommendation of Shastri himself, the BCCI appointed Sanjay Bangar (batting), Bharat Arun (bowling) and R Sridhar as his assistants.

Now, the BCCI will forward the CAC’s letter to the CoA ahead of the interview process for the three assistant coaches, which will take place next week, tentatively from August 19 to 22.

The process of selection of the head coach and remainder of the backroom staff began last month with the BCCI putting out an advertisement to invite applications. The board had stated in the advertisement that Shastri and the rest of the existing coaching staff comprising Bangar, Arun and Sridhar would get automatic entries during the recruitment process.

Former chief selector Vikram Rathour and former Mumbai and India batsman Pravin Amre are understood to have also thrown their hat in the ring for the role of batting coach, while Venkatesh Prasad is among those vying for the job of bowling coach.



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Fantasy Picks: Smriti Mandhana, Beth Mooney must-haves in your XI

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February 21: Australia v India, in Sydney Showground

Our XI: Smriti Mandhana, Alyssa Healy, Shafali Verma, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Megan Schutt, Jess Jonassen, Poonam Yadav

Captain: Beth Mooney

The left-handed batter strikes at 123 in the format. She has also been in outstanding form, in similar conditions as well, scoring three fifties in her last five T20I innings. It’s a good punt to make her your captain.

Vice-captain: Smriti Mandhana

Another left-handed opener who is in great form. In the recently-concluded tri-series, Mandana was the top run-getter, scoring 216 runs at 136.70 and if India are chasing, you may consider swapping Mooney with her as the captain.

Hot Picks

Harmanpreet Kaur

It is difficult to leave out India’s captain from a T20I fantasy XI. She is the only Indian woman to score a hundred in the format, and when she gets going, there are few batters who can strike the ball as well as her. Given her golden arm, her offspin might fetch you some points too.

Alyssa Healy

She may have had a lean tri-series but she is too experienced and talented a player to not turn things around come the big stage. Among those who have scored at least 1000 runs in the format, she has the highest strike rate (129.45). Don’t forget, she can get you some points through her wicketkeeping as well.

Ellyse Perry

Perry, the No.1 allrounder in the format, is someone you cannot leave out of any XI. She is the second highest wicket-taker in T20Is and also the only pacer to have taken four or more wickets on four occasions.

Value Picks

Shafali Verma

The 16-year old scored a 28-ball 49 against Australia less than a couple of weeks back. In her short career so far, she has scored 324 runs at an average of almost 25, striking at 141. For the price, she is surely a value pick.

Jess Jonassen

Jonassen is a left-arm spinner with great control and pace variations. She is capable of tying one end up while the Australian quicks look for wickets from the other end. Her best bowling performance (5 for 12) in T20Is came just over a week ago against India.

Points to note

  • Only three women’s games have happened at this venue in the last three years and the chasing team has won all three.

  • India’s top three scored 59.5% of the total runs scored by the team in the recently-concluded tri-series.

  • India average only 135 batting first in their last five games (when they have batted 20 overs). So if they are batting first you may want to consider replacing Verma with Meg Lanning.



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February 21: Australia v India, in Sydney Showground

Our XI: Smriti Mandhana, Alyssa Healy, Shafali Verma, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Megan Schutt, Jess Jonassen, Poonam Yadav

Captain: Beth Mooney

The left-handed batter strikes at 123 in the format. She has also been in outstanding form, in similar conditions as well, scoring three fifties in her last five T20I innings. It’s a good punt to make her your captain.

Vice Captain: Smriti Mandhana

Another left-handed opener who is in great form. In the recently-concluded tri-series, Mandana was the top run-getter, scoring 216 runs at 136.70 and if India are chasing, you may consider swapping Mooney with her as the captain.

Hot Picks

Harmanpreet Kaur

It is difficult to leave out India’s captain from a T20I fantasy XI. She is the only Indian woman to score a hundred in the format, and when she gets going, there are few batters who can strike the ball as well as her. Given her golden arm, her offspin might fetch you some points too.

Alyssa Healy

She may have had a lean tri-series but she is too experienced and talented a player to not turn things around come the big stage. Among those who have scored at least 1000 runs in the format, she has the highest strike rate (129.45). Don’t forget, she can get you some points through her wicketkeeping as well.

Ellyse Perry

Perry, the No.1 allrounder in the format, is someone you cannot leave out of any XI. She is the second highest wicket-taker in T20Is and also the only pacer to have taken four or more wickets on four occasions.

Value Picks

Shafali Verma

The 16-year old scored a 28-ball 49 against Australia less than a couple of weeks back. In her short career so far, she has scored 324 runs at an average of almost 25, striking at 141. For the price, she is surely a value pick.

Jess Jonassen

Jonassen is a left-arm spinner with great control and pace variations. She is capable of tying one end up while the Australian quicks look for wickets from the other end. Her best bowling performance (5 for 12) in T20Is came just over a week ago against India.

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All-star match to take place post IPL 2020

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The one-off all-star match that was meant to preface IPL 2020 will now be played after the tournament. The match was originally scheduled to be played three days before the IPL, which begins on March 29, but due to operational reasons it is now set to be played after the tournament which ends on May 24. No date or venue has been finalised yet though.

IPL Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed the development, saying the two teams for the game would be picked based on the performances of the players in the tournament. “It will be after the tournament,” Patel, a former India batsman, told ESPNcricnfo. “We will see the performance of the players and on that basis the two teams will be selected.”

The all-star match was originally proposed by the Patel and found support from the BCCI. ESPNcricinfo understands at the last IPL Governing Council meeting, held on January 27, it was decided to have a selection committee in place to pick the two teams. That meeting was attended by the BCCI’s top brass including Sourav Ganguly (president), Jay Shah (secretary) and Arun Dhumal (treasurer).

In that meeting, the date for the all-star match was tentatively set as March 25 while Mumbai was picked as the venue, considering the tournament opener between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings was scheduled at the Wankhede stadium on March 29.

Subsequently, however, the BCCI realised it did not have much time to get various things in place including the availability of players as well raising a broadcast tender. The IPL begins barely 10 days after the three-match ODI series between India and South Africa, which ends on March 18 in Kolkata.

Immediately after the ODIs against South Africa, five Indian players are set to travel to Bangladesh to participate in two T20Is between an Asian XI and a World XI, organised by the Bangladesh Cricket Board to commemorate the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh’s founding father. The BCCI has not yet announced who will be going, but some prominent India players are part of the list of names approved.

One of the officials, who attended the January IPL governing council meeting, said there is ample time now to float the tender and discuss the rights for the all-star match with Star, who hold the broadcast rights for IPL till 2022. It is understood a team lead by Patel was meant to meet up with Star to talk about the tender for the all-star match. That meeting is yet to take place. At the January 27 meeting it was also decided that the proceeds from the match will likely be used for a charitable purpose.



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