Jay Shah says panel formed to investigate Ahmedabad franchise owners' betting links

Former India batsman VVS Laxman will have to “go through the process” to succeed Rahul Dravid as head of the National Cricket Academy, according to BCCI secretary Jay Shah. After Dravid took over as Team India’s head coach following the team’s T20 World Cup loss in the UAE last month, the top NCA position became available.

“The NCA appointment will be advertised. He (VVS) must first apply for the position”, after the BCCI’s 90th annual general meeting, secretary Jay Shah informed PTI. Dravid, another Indian legend, had to go through a similar process before becoming India’s head coach. Laxman, who was initially hesitant to go from Hyderabad to Bangalore, has already resigned as the coach of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad. To prevent a conflict of interest, he will also have to stop commenting or writing columns for newspapers. The appointment of Laxman was one of the topics discussed at the AGM.

“The IPL Governing Council will take a call on this,” Shah said of the IPL 2022 Mega Auction, which is set to take place next year. The BCCI has also appointed an independent panel to probe CVC Capital, which won the Ahmedabad franchise over Adani Group. The company paid a whopping Rs 5625 crore in the auctions but is now facing scrutiny over its alleged ties to some betting companies outside of India.

“We have constituted a committee to look into the subject,” Shah continued. The Indian cricket team’s tour of South Africa will go ahead, but the team’s departure has been postponed by a week, and T20 Internationals have been removed from the schedule, the two boards announced on Saturday, putting an end to the speculation surrounding the series after a new COVID-19 variant sparked anxiety.

The four T20s will be played at a later date, with Cricket South Africa stating that the sites for the new schedule will be announced within the next 48 hours. The Indians were supposed to leave on December 9, but their travel plans changed, so the Tests will now begin on December 26 instead of December 17, as previously planned.

“The revised dates and itinerary for India’s tour of South Africa in 2021-22 will be followed. Starting December 26, the team will play a three-match Test series followed by a three-match ODI series “Jay Shah, the secretary of the BCCI, announced this.