Kapil plugs Gavaskar as BCCI CEO

Published: Saturday, December 3, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Former cricket board president Rajsingh Dungarpur has indicated major changes in the selection process, including voting rights for the captain and the coach of the cricket team ahead of tomorrow's BCCI Central Working Committee meeting in Mumbai.

"Absolutely, the earlier it is done the better it will be. The ball must start rolling and only then will people accept it and then results will follow," Dungarpur said in a weekly talk show to be telecast tomorrow on a private TV channel.

The former cricket board president also said the new regime at the BCCI would try to do away with the practise of zonal representation on the selection committee "as soon as possible", according to a release issued by the channel today.

Legendary all rounder Kapil Dev, who also participated in the show, also supported Dungarpur's views on the issue.

"The captain and coach are the ones who have to deal with the players. If they have someone they are not comfortable with, it can lead to unpleasantness in the team. So it is important that they have a say in the selection process," he said.

Kapil also welcomed new BCCI president Sharad Pawar's announcement to appoint a CEO to manage the affairs of the body. "Sunil Gavaskar would be an excellent choice for CEO," he said.

Criticising the functioning of the BCCI, he said "every single cricketer would like to contribute to the game even after retirement, but the sad thing is the constitution of the BCCI is such that I'm not even a member of my state association. The rules do not allow it," he said.

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