BCCI invites applications for head coach post

first_imgRavi Shastri top contender for Team India coach Anil Kumble steps down as Team India coach Anil Kumble being the current coach gets a “direct entry” into the interview process. File Photo   –  The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAIL The BCCI today invited applications for head coach’s post, sending a reminder to head coach Anil Kumble that he will not get an automatic extension after his current term expires at the end of Champions Trophy.Interested candidates can apply by May 31st and will be interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. “To ensure a fair and completely transparent process, a nominee of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) will oversee the entire process along with the Cricket Advisory Committee,” the BCCI release stated.While Kumble being the current coach gets a “direct entry” into the interview process, the timing of BCCI’s announcement makes it clear that the top brass has not exactly been happy with the legendary leg-spinner. The reason being the aggressive stance asking for a massive hike in central contracts for players and his own salary.India had a great domestic season under Kumble winning 10 out of the 13 home Tests with two draws and a single defeat against Australia on a rank turner at Pune. Also under Kumble, India won a Test series comprehensively in the West Indies.But of late, Kumble’s stance on players’ pay hike and the manner of his demands have not gone down well with the powers that be in the BCCI. “Obviously, he is in contention as the current chief coach,” a BCCI official told PTI today.Kumble’s demandsThe surprising aspect has been the timing of the announcement for inviting fresh applications as the team just landed in UK today for their Champions Trophy defence. “Obviously BCCI could have waited till the end of the Champions Trophy to invite applications. But then no one should take his place for granted,” the source added.“Kumble is bargaining for himself as well as the players. Fair enough but tomorrow if BCCI decides to replace him, he will not be in a position to bargain. Some of his demands have been simply inexplicable,” the official said.The BCCI brass is peeved that Kumble demanded 25 per cent extra “captaincy fees” for Virat Kohli as he takes extra burden.His demands for a position in the selection committee in capacity of being the head coach has also been questioned in all quarters.Kumble’s demand could be a deviation from the Lodha Committee norms as it is clearly mentioned that only three selectors would comprise the selection committee.As per BCCI constitution, the coach or the captain attends selection meetings but they don’t have a vote. The constitution needs to be revamped and the board are unlikely to consider most of Kumble’s suggestions.They have already made it clear that they won’t increase the current 26 percent revenue that is reserved for the cricketers and would work around that model. No automatic extension for Anil Kumble after his current term expires at the end of Champions Trophy Rajeev Shukla to head BCCI team on implementation of Lodha panel reforms May 25, 2017 COMMENTS × COMMENT Published on RELATED null SHARE cricket Anil Kumble being the current coach gets a “direct entry” into the interview process. File Photo   –  The Hindulast_img read more

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first_imgIn December 2009, Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces will open Taj Cape Town, its 80th hotel and its first in South Africa. This new landmark will offer the signature Indian hospitality and luxury accommodation synonymous with Asia’s leading hotel group within South Africa’s thriving cultural and tourism capital.The 166-room Taj Cape Town is located on St. George’s Mall, in the historic heart of the city. In keeping with Taj Hotels’ tradition of breathing life into iconic properties, the hotel encompasses two buildings of historic significance: The Temple Chambers, also known as the Board of Executors, which was built in 1890, and the South African Reserve Bank building. These buildings house 20 heritage luxury rooms with mountain views and an additional 10 rooms overlooking the city.A new 17-floor Tower rises dramatically behind these two heritage buildings, and features rooms with floor to ceiling glass facades, walk-out balconies and panoramic views of Table Mountain or the city. The Taj Club floor offers business travelers a private lounge and butler service.Taj’s reputation for culinary excellence can be experienced at the hotel’s three restaurants. The three-level Mint, a grill restaurant, has an open show kitchen, a floor-to-ceiling wine wall, and full-length sliding doors with uninhibited views of St. George’s Mall. The fine-dining restaurant Bombay Brasserie is modeled after its namesake in London and offers authentic Indian flavors transformed into a contemporary gourmet experience. The Twankey, a seafood and Champagne bar, is a relaxed but sophisticated gathering place with live evening entertainment.The restored ground floor of the Reserve Bank building, with the original marble columns, skylight and anatomically correct lion medallions pressed into the ceilings, remains a triumph to the fastidiousness of James Morris, who designed the building in 1929. He famously bullied the Astronomer Royal into measuring the position of the sun every day that year to ensure the banking hall, now the hotel’s lobby, would be bathed in Cape sunlight.For rest and rejuvenation, the Jiva Spa draws from Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing tradition, and delivers a range of signature treatments, yoga, and meditation. The spa includes two suites dedicated to skin and nail and beauty treatments, four generously sized massage suites, a double massage suite with a Jacuzzi and an Ayurvedic consultation and treatment suite. A fitness center comprises a fully equipped Technogym, heated indoor pool, two saunas, and male and female changing areas.The Board of Executors building also houses a business center, boardrooms, banquet and meeting rooms, whose interiors have been restored to their original opulence and are now complemented by state-of-the-art technology.www.tajhotels.comlast_img read more