Lodha panel unhappy with coach appointment process

NEW DELHI: The Lodha committee came down heavily on the Indian cricket board for re-doing the coach appointment process and undermining Anil Kumble, the current coach of the Indian team. The committee also said that BCCI could have given him an automatic extension after seeing his good work in the last one year.

“It’s extremely peculiar that administrators, who have to comply with the Supreme Court judgment, can disobey and continue in office while insisting that a silly little contract they have come up with has to be adhered to by coaches and cricketers. Clearly a different law applies for the lawless,” Gopal Sankaranarayanan, secretary of the Lodha Committee, told TOI on Saturday.
“Kumble does not deserve this kind of treatment. This isn’t the right way to treat your national coach. One year coaching tenure is a ludicrous thing to do. For a national coach, year-to-year appointment isn’t the way forward. Who will come for a one year tenure,” Sankaranarayanan asked.

“You can see that this is done deliberately by the board officials. You can’t be giving a piece meal to your national coach. The next contract shouldn’t be for a year,” Sankaranarayanan said.
When told if Kumble is paying the price for being close to the Lodha committee and having cordial relations with Committee of Administrators, Sankaranarayanan said: “Kumble has stood up for the players and pointed out that they don’t get a penny from the ICC while it all goes into unaccounted pockets. Clearly people are unhappy with that.”
However, the board officials didn’t pay much heed to Sankaranarayanan’s gibe. One of them actually said that the Lodha committee has no role in functioning of BCCI and if tomorrow there is no appointment process to find the new coach, the same bunch of people would start pointing fingers toward BCCI.
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