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Zaheer Khan to be asked to give up Indian Premier League contract for India job

The appointment of Zaheer Khan has put Committee of Administrators in a quandary because if the pace bowler is still a part of Delhi Daredevils, then it is a clear case of conflict.

cricket Updated: Jul 13, 2017 23:32 IST
Sanjjeev K Samyal
Zaheer Khan captains Indian Premier League outfit Delhi Daredevils.
Zaheer Khan captains Indian Premier League outfit Delhi Daredevils.(PTI)

Apart from discussing the fallout of Supreme Court’s hearing on Friday, the Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) meeting on Saturday will deliberate on the conflict of interest of the personnel involved with the Indian team.

The appointment of Zaheer Khan has put CoA in a quandary because if Zaheer is still a part of Delhi Daredevils, then it is a clear case of conflict.

The CoA is fine with Zaheer taking up the role of bowling consultant with the team on the assurance that he will quit ties with his IPL team just like Rahul Dravid did.

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Sources say that the Vinod Rai-led committee is surprised that Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) named the former India left-arm pacer as bowling consultant while he is still an active Indian Premier League cricketer.

“Dravid had to choose between the two (being an India U-19 coach or mentor at Delhi Daredevils). Without confirmation from Zaheer that he will break all links with the IPL team, how can he be appointed with the Indian team?” an insider questioned.

Last season, Zaheer captained Delhi Daredevils but there will be a full-fledged auction next season.

In fact, the CoA will also have a look at IPL contracts of other support staff members of the senior and junior Indian teams. They will be told to choose one. “Most of the support staff members have IPL contracts.”

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Former coach Anil Kumble had submitted a proposal regarding coach’s salary to CoA. But the BCCI won’t be deciding on Ravi Shastri’s contract as per that proposal. “The CFO has been asked to come up with a feasible proposal and it will be decided accordingly.”

In fact, the contract amounts of the support staff members may have to be adjusted to accommodate payments to all.

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“If there are going to be 11 people with the team, then the contracts will have to be reconsidered - whether the BCCI can afford to pay so much money? Auditing firm Deloitte had recommended a salary structure to decide the payments of support staff and the COA may ask the BCCI to go by that.”

Also, according to sources, the role of the consultants will be decided completely by Ravi Shastri. “Ravi will be accountable for the results, so it will be entirely his call. He will decide on how and when he wants to utilise the services of the consultants,” a Board insider said.

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SC HEARING

Meanwhile, all eyes are on the Supreme Court hearing on Friday. If the Apex Court takes a serious view of CoA’s status report, then the BCCI officials and member units will be in trouble for stalling the implementation of Lodha reforms.

“The timing of the hearing is 2 pm which is a positive. It means the SC is taking a serious look at it. Given the stern message to Anurag Thakur, the body language shows that they mean business,” he said.