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Dravid wants Rathour on coaching staff but it may lead to conflict of interest

Subsequently, in another e-mail, Dravid told Karim that Yadav should be roped in from the quadrangular series in March. Yadav had already served as the fielding coach of the India Under-19 team in previous Emerging Asia Cup tournaments.

“In addition to Vikram Rathour I would also say we bring in Vijay Yadav to be a part of the coaching staff during the Quadrangular Under-19 series next month. He has been part of the NCA and also Under-19 and India A teams in the recent past.”

Karim, along with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, agreed to bringing Rathour and Yadav on board subject to the approval of the Committee of Administrators (CoA), the supervisory authority of the BCCI until fresh elections are conducted. Karim also checked with Rathour for his willingness while asking him to disclose any conflict of interest. Rathour is understood to have agreed on Monday, while admitting he was related to Kapoor.

Under the BCCI constitution, the ethics officer is the authority to adjudicate on conflict issues. However, with no ethics officer in place, the CoA will have to decide on Dravid’s recommendations. Vinod Rai, the CoA chairman, said that he would consult his colleague Diana Edulji before taking a final decision. “The appointment has not been done,” he told ESPNcricinfo. “No approval has been given.”

Choudhary, on the other hand, questioned the “process” in hiring Rathour and whether the position he would be appointed to had been advertised. “What exactly was the process that was followed?” Choudhary wrote in an email to the CoA, Johri, Karim and the two other BCCI office-bearers. “Knowing Rahul [Dravid], I am certain that even if he would have recommended a name, he would not have said that processes must not be followed to engage the services of Vikram.

“I also see that the matter of conflict of interest has been raised in the media and I am surprised that this was not known to the person making the decision since the crux of the conflict has been in the public domain at least for the last two-and-a-half years.”

Rai said the reason the job was not advertised was because it was “only part-time and not a full-time appointment so that a process was required.” As for the perceived conflict issue, Rai said he had received Rathour’s reply via Karim on Monday.

With additional inputs from Sidharth Monga