~~6-man committee won~~t have say in selection~~

Published: Saturday, June 4, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The six-member committee that chose Greg Chappell as the new cricket coach has been given a wider task of being an interactive agency between the Board and the former Aussie captain but would not have a say in team selection, a top board official today said.

"The committee would be for only limited purposes. It will get feedback from the coach at the end of a tour or a tournament. It will have nothing to do with selection matters," BCCI Secretary S K Nair told PTI over phone.

The BCCI at its two-day working committee meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday and Friday decided the use the six-member committee as a 'buffer' between the coach and itself.

The committee comprises president Ranbir Singh Mahendra, former president Jagmohan Dalmiya, former captains Sunil Gavaskar, S Venkataraghavan and Ravi Shastri, with the Secretary as convenor.

Nair said the issues that fell under the committee's ambit could not be envisaged at this point of time.

Asked in what capacity in the board were Gavaskar and Shastri, who also have media commitments, made part of a panel to interact with the coach, Nair said "that should not be a problem. It is only going to basically review the coach's feedback."

With the President and the Secretary on the panel, the committee would not need to report to a higher authority, Nair added.

Nair denied the idea of resuming playing in Sharjah or other off-shore venues was discussed at the meeting.

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