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The CAC should have acted in a matured way, feels Erapalli Prasanna

According to Prasanna, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman should have announced the name directly, rather than holding the matter which caused a lot of drama.

Erapalli Prasanna
Former Indian spin bowler Erapalli Prasanna. (Photo by DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images)

Retired Indian international Erapalli Prasanna is not satisfied with the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and their actions. According to the off-spinner, the CAC which is comprised of three legends of the game should not have wasted so much time in selecting the Indian head coach.

Ravi Shastri was appointed as the Indian head coach on Tuesday which was July 11th. The scheduled date for the announcement was July 10th but the CAC decided to postpone the matter. Rahul Dravid was roped in as the batting consultant and Zaheer Khan was given the responsibilities of a bowling coach.

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According to Prasanna, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman should have announced the name directly, rather than holding the matter which caused a lot of drama. Prasanna believes, Shastri was a straight-forward choice.

What Prasanna said:

“I am disappointed with the CAC. They are three legendary cricketers and they should have taken so long to name the coach. A consensus should have been reached, and from what I have been reading, they could not come to a unanimous decision and it was all done at the last minute” said Prasanna.

According to Sourav Ganguly, they decided to delay the decision after completing the interviews on Monday because they wanted to inform and discuss the matter with Virat Kohli. Ganguly said the captain must understand how the coaches operate and it is important to notify him.

Prasanna also stated that the CAC should have been more precise while explaining the roles of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan in the team. He feels the simple job that the CAC did, could have been done by the BCCI. The CAC did not justify their position.

“His job will be team management. Coach is just a word. It is just a position in the team. In my opinion, there is no need for a coach,” the former spin great said.

“The CAC should have defined roles of Zaheer and Dravid better. I don’t know whether Sanjay Bangar will still remain the batting coach or not. The job they did, at the end, BCCI could have done the same. Why need a CAC then?”

The 77-year-old agreed to the fact that the captain should have a say in the selection process. “The captain is responsible for how the game is played. He is accountable. On the field, he calls the shots so he has some say,” concluded Prasanna.

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