Team India trainer Shankar Basu under ‘Conflict of Interest’ scanner
Indian cricket team’s strength and conditioning coach Shankar Basu’s role in the appointment of his protege Soham Desai as one of the new trainers of the National Cricket Academy has come under the scanner with allegations of ‘conflict of interest’ against the former.
There were allegations that Desai was earlier associated with Basu’s commercial venture. In fact, during a sub-committee meeting of the NCA in the capital on Friday, some of the members asked uncomfortable questions to GM (Game Development) MV Sridhar about the process of Desai’s appointment as he has been associated with Basu’s personal fitness centre ‘Primal Patterns’.
Desai, who has earlier worked with Gujarat Ranji team, recently passed an NCA trainers’ examination, the question paper for which was apparently set by Basu. There are questions being raised as to whether Desai’s appointment falls in the ‘Conflict of Interest’ category or not. It was learnt that one of the committee members on Friday asked Sridhar about Desai’s appointment.
“Sridhar was asked specifically that whether Desai is related to Basu’s personal gym. Sridhar replied that the candidate stood second in the exam that was conducted by the BCCI. To this treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary asked a pointed question: ‘Who set the papers for …read more