Despite conflict of interest, Vikram Rathour appointed batting coach at NCA
Vikarm Rathoure (IANS Photo)

Former India selector Vikram Rathour will be the new batting coach at National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.

The decision could raise eyebrows as earlier, Rathour’s appointment to the post was blocked by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) before twice rejecting him for coaching positions in junior level cricket. On all occasions, conflict of interest was cited as the reason behind their decisions.

In February this year, Rathour was named as the batting coach of India A and U-19 teams and then in May, was roped in as the head coach of India A. Both the times, his appointment was cancelled by the CoA.

“Some years ago, there was a two-member team appointed by the BCCI that investigated certain matters related to the NCA and its functioning. Rakesh Parekh and Sunil Dev were part of that investigation committee. That report is still there with the BCCI. My question is, did the COA study that report before making this appointment?” a source was quoted as saying by The Times of India on Wednesday.

CoA has also appointed sports doctor Kinjal Suratwala as the ‘Head of Education’ at the NCA. Formal announcement will be made in the coming days.

The BCCI recently confirmed Rahul Dravid as Head Cricket, National Cricket Academy (NCA) to oversee all cricket related activities including mentoring, coaching, training and motivating players, coaches and support staff.

His name too came under conflict of interest issue as he was a paid employee of India Cements and as per the BCCI constitution, an individual can’t hold multiple positions at the same time. Consequently, there was a delay in a formal announcement.

His employer later sent him on leave to clear the hurdle.