CoA, selectors and team management discuss ‘communication issues’ and ‘Australia tour’

The subject of 'code of conduct' for centrally-contracted players was also raised during the meeting.

The CoA had a discussion with the national selection panel and the team management

The Supreme-Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had a meet up with the Indian team management on Wednesday (October 10) to discuss the ‘lack of communication’ issues between the players and selectors, England series and the upcoming Australia tour.

The meeting was important given that the national selection committee led by MSK Prasad is not on the same page as the team management on various matters.

"This was an internal meeting of the BCCI and we will not make any comments," CoA chief Vinod Rai was quoted as saying by PTI.

The CoA had a healthy discussion with Shastri, Kohli and Rohit Sharma along with the selection panel. Sharma was there to talk about India's showing in the recently concluded Asia Cup.

One of the major topics of discussion was the reported communication breakdown. The selection committee came under the scanner after Karun Nair revealed that MSK Prasad and company didn’t communicate with him before being dropped from the 15-member Test squad for the West Indies series. Subsequently, Murali Vijay echoed Nair’s statement and cited that he is concerned about the lack of communication between players and selectors.

“Currently, the selectors and the team management are not looking eye to eye,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.

In the meeting, the Australia series was also discussed. Keeping in mind the tour Down Under, extra practice games was extensively discussed as the India A team would be on a shadow tour of New Zealand.

"We have been assured by New Zealand Cricket that their top A team players will turn up for four-day games. We have also been assured that wickets at Seddon Park in Hamilton will have lot of bounce to replicate the Aussie conditions," the official revealed.

The subject of code of conduct for centrally-contracted players was also discussed. While Prasad had said that his colleague Devang Gandhi had spoken to the concerned players, captain Kohli refrained from making any comments on the issue.

It is worth mentioning here that Nair and Vijay’s public statements on the selection committee were deemed as a violation of the 'Code of Conduct' for the centrally-contracted players.

(With PTI inputs)

 


By Salman Anjum - 11 Oct, 2018

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