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BCCI Cricket News June 2007
Strict instructions to India cricket team
A letter, written by BCCIs Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty, has directed the team members to keep under wraps the talks in dressing room and team meetings. Quite obviously, the BCCI wants to avoid the sort of explosive situation that had erupted when Greg Chappell was the coach and Sourav Ganguly the captain, and the duo got involved in one of crickets most talked about public spats during the tour of Zimbabwe in 2005.
They have also been told not to give interviews to the media without the prior permission of the team management, a continuation of the practice that has been followed for the last few tours. On Tuesday, skipper Rahul Dravid had made it clear at the pre-departure media conference that the players would not give exclusive interviews to the media during the tour.
"On match days the performer on that day will be asked to meet the media through a common media conference," he said. This too has been included in the letter given by the Board which states that on practice days the team management will decide which player will talk to the media.
Sehwag, Harbhjan demoted in new BCCI gradation list
In the new list out of form Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan have been demoted to Grade B, whereas wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh have been promoted to Grade A, BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah announced at Mumbai. According to the new gradation list, players in Grade 'A' would receive an annual retainership of Rs 50 lakh, while those in Grade B would get Rs 35 lakh. Payers in Grade C would get an annual retainership of Rs 20 lakh.
Borde appointed new India cricket coach
Borde, a top order batsman and widely respected as a shrewd thinker of the game, played the last of his 55 Tests in 1969 and captained India in one match. He later served as chief selector from 1999-2002, but was currently leading a retired life at his home in the western city of Pune. Borde will manage the Indian team for the five one-dayers against Ireland, South Africa and Pakistan in Belfast and Glasgow between June 23 and July 3 and the subsequent full tour of England. He will be assisted by bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad and fielding coach Robin Singh during the three-month tour.
Graham Ford declines offer to coach India's cricket team
The South Africans decision, announced on Monday, will come as a major blow to Indian cricket chiefs who believed they had reached an agreement with Ford that would see him take over the India team on a one-year contract before the end of this month. The 46-year-old was selected for the role on Saturday following an interview in Chennai and had been due to tell his new employers when he could start work by Monday. Instead, he revealed that he had had a change of heart.
"I am very grateful to the Club for allowing me to go to India to find out more about the job of coaching the Indian team," he said in a statement released by Kent. I have had a chance to reflect on the offer made by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and their urgency to fill the vacant position. After careful consideration, I have decided to continue my work here at Kent," he explained. "This has been a really difficult decision. I am honoured that India have shown such interest in my capabilities, but feel that this is the right decision for me and my family, he added. Fords decision delighted Kent cricket chairman Graham Johnson. I know that all in the business at Kent, the playing staff, the coaching staff and all our administrators will be thrilled by his decision, he said.
But it is bound to infuriate Indias selectors, who now face a race against time to find a successor to Greg Chappell in time for scheduled One-day Internationals against Ireland and South Africa between June 23 and July 1, and the subsequent Test series in England. India could turn to former England spinner John Emburey, who was also interviewed for one of the most high-profile jobs in cricket. But that would inevitably leave them open to accusations of having settled for a second choice candidate.
India are looking for a successor to former Australia captain Chappell, who quit after India crashed out in the first round of the recent World Cup in the Caribbean. Ford, who was South Africas coach from 1999-2001 when the Proteas won nine of their 11 Test series, had been recommended by Indias captain Rahul Dravid, a former Kent player.
Graham Ford appointed India coach
Ford was appointed after a meeting of top officials from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Chennai. A senior board official said: "The seven-man (coaching) committee has recommended to the working committee the name of Graham Ford as India's next coach.
"He will let us know next week when he can join us." The committee included Ravi Shastri, who has been taking charge of the team on a managerial basis since former coach Greg Chappell left following the side's early departure from the World Cup. South African Ford is the third successive overseas coach to take charge of the side following Chappell and current New Zealand coach John Wright.
However, Ford has a contract with Kent until September 2008 and the English side are reluctant to let their director of cricket leave. Kent are currently in action in the Friends Provident Trophy against Hampshire, needing just a win to progress to the semi-finals.
In a statement the county said: "Discussions with Ford will take place after the match and no further statement will be made until after those discussions have taken place. "It is hoped that the popular South African will remain at Canterbury to continue the progress made towards re-establishing Kent as a major force in county cricket." Kent are currently top of the Friends Provident League South and fifth in the County Championship first division.
BCCI to resolve player contracts issue on monday
Reports say that Indian players are not ready to sign the new contract offered by the BCCI and want the terms revised. The senior players have also expressed reservations over the cap on endorsements, retainer fees and a share in the BCCI's revenue.
The BCCI has indicated that it is willing to relent on the endorsements issue and may agree to lift the cap when it meets the players in Bangalore on Monday to sort out the contracts issue. "We are meeting the senior players on June 11 in Bangalore and we will discuss what they want. What point they will put to the committee is more important and they will look at it if it can be approved or not at the next working committee (meet)," BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah was quoted as saying to CNN-IBN.
Senior players have also told CNN-IBN that instead of the existing cap of three endorsements, there should be a fixed number of days when they can shoot for ads. The new contracts limit a player to three endorsements each and the players are finding it difficult to accept. Even players share in the BCCI's profits has also been reduced and a system of performance-based bonus introduced.
The players have been offered an annual retainer of Rs 5 lakh each while when the graded system was in place the players were paid Rs 50, 35 or 20 lakh per year according to their seniority.
India focus on Emburey and Ford
Emburey and Ford have been given permission by their respective English counties, Middlesex and Kent, to talk to the India Cricket Board. "The BCCI has invited Graham Ford and John Emburey to come to Chennai and make a presentation," a spokesman said. "After that a final decision on the next coach of India team will be made."
Ford was previously national team coach in his native South Africa from 1999 to 2001, guiding them to nine series wins out of 11, with just two defeats against Australia.
The 46-year-old was appointed as Kent's director of cricket in January 2005 and last year signed a contract extension tying him to the club until the end of the 2008 season. "We have allowed him to travel to India to find out more about the role," said Kent chief Paul Millman. But he added: "Graham has done a fantastic job for us and we very much hope he will stay with the club." For Ford to leave Kent with the job half done would be a bit of a blow
After an innings defeat at Sussex in the opening Championship match this year, Kent have recovered steadily, avenging the Sussex defeat and also beating Surrey by an innings. In the one-day arena they are currently top of the FP Trophy southern division. David Fulton, who was captain under Ford at Kent, admitted his departure would be "a blow" to the club.
"Kent worked pretty tirelessly to get him in the first place, so for him to leave the club with the job half done would be a bit of a blow," Fulton told BBC Sport. "Kent are just starting to see the fruits of his labour - they are just beginning to look like a competitive unit, and he's also got a good partnership with [current skipper] Rob Key. "They've also got a lot of South Africans in the team - Andrew Hall, Martin van Jaarsveld and Ryan McLaren - and that's been a channel Kent have used almost exhaustively. "It will be tougher to do without Fordy at the helm, although some might argue it's a good thing because they think there are too many South Africans at Kent."
Emburey, 54, was formerly Middlexsex coach but became director of cricket following the club's double relegation in 2006. He also has three years experience as coach of Northants. Middlesex chief executive Vinny Codrington told BBC Sport the former England off-spinner, who played 64 Tests and 61 one-day internationals between 1978 and 1995, telephoned him on Tuesday morning to reveal India officials had been in contact.
"My personal feeling is that from a career perspective he owes it to himself to at least go and see what they have got to say," he said. "I think they did make a tentative approach to John a couple of years ago so I am not 100% surprised. I know that they are very fond of John."
Ex-South African coach Graham Ford also in contention for India job
The BCCI also acknowledged of having received an application from Ford for the top job. "We have received an application from Graham Ford. Besides, Dav Whatmore expressed his wish during the tour of Bangladesh," Shah told reporters in Bangalore on Monday.
Shah, however, could not confirm whether the seven-member committee formed to select Greg Chappell's successor would pick the coach on Monday. "We want to select the coach before the England tour. But I cannot say whether it will be done today since the meeting is starting late in the evening," Shah was quoted as saying to cricketnext.com.
Although Whatmore appears to be the leading candidate, Ford is also a strong contender. Meanwhile, on the contract issue, Shah informed that a two-member committee, comprising BCCI vice president Shashank Manohar and treasurer N Srinivasan, would interact with the players on June 11 and submit the proposal on this to the Working Committee on June 12.The selection of the team for England tour will be held on June 13, he added.
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And they said..August 2007 I really do not know exactly why the BCCI has shown scant interest in me.
Erapalli Prasanna, talking to Rediff. From what I gather they are seeking to run what I can call within quotes unofficial cricket.
Malcolm Speed, the ICC's chief executive about ICL. In this fight between the two giants, I dont want players to suffer. Why should players have swords hanging over their heads?
Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, looking into a case concerning BCCI misusing its power against ICL. They (BCCI officials) talk as if they work for free.
Kapil Dev, Chairman of ICL's executive board, in response to BCCI officials accusation that he joined ICL only for money.
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