Why Jonty Rhodes did not make final shortlist for India fielding coach job? MSK Prasad explainsSouth Africa great Jonty Rhodes had applied for India’s fielding coach role but his name did not feature in the 3-man shortlist as MSK Prasad-led selection committee announced the final shortlist for the India support staff roles on Thursday.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 22, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 22:39 IST Former South Africa batsman Jonty Rhodes had applied for India’s fielding coach role (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJonty Rhodes applied for the role of India fielding coachSridhar, Abhay Sharma and T Dilip made the 3-man shortlistVikram Rathour is all set to replace Sanjay Bangar as batting coachIndia’s senior selection committee headed by MSK Prasad announced 3 shortlisted candidates for each of the support staff positions of the India cricket team after a 4-day-long selection process on Thursday. Jonty Rhodes’ absence from even the 3-man final shorlist for the role of India’s fielding coach helped raise a few eyebrows.However, selecton committee chairman MSK Prasad revealed after the selection process that Jonty Rhodes’ name was not added to the final shortlist as the second and the third names on the list will be considered for India A level and National Cricket Academy support staff.Rhodes had applied for the post of fielding coach and even told India Today that he would be focussing on helping India improve their catching percentages.Nonetheles, R Sridhar is all set to retain his role as the fielding coach and Prasad said the selection committee did not have any second thoughts about reappointing him. Sridhar, Abhay Sharma and T Dilip made the 3-man shortlist for the fielding coach role.The top names in each category will be appointed after the formalities with regards to Conflict of Interest declaration is complete, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri explained while talking to the press on Thursday.”R Sridhar is one of the best fielding coaches. Unfortunately in the World Cup, maybe he wouldn’t have got… there were 2-3 wicketkeepers in the side, we all know that. Otherwise, he has transformed this into a wonderful fielding unit. There is no second thoughts about Sridhar,” MSK Prasad said.advertisementHe added: “With regards to the 2nd and 3rd position, we don’t see Jonty Rhodes fitting in there because those roles are more for India A levels and the NCA.”Chairman of Selectors, MSK Prasad speaks about R Sridhar’s contribution to #TeamIndia and why Jonty Rhodes didn’t make the cut. pic.twitter.com/IuWH5FeHI2BCCI (@BCCI) August 22, 2019A total of 14 candidates for the position of batting coach, 12 for bowling coach, nine for fielding coach, 16 for the position of physiotherapist, 12 for the post of strength and conditioning coach and 24 for the position of Administrative Manager were interviewed.Meanwhile, former India opener Vikram Rathour is all set to replace Sanjay Bangar as the batting coach of India cricket team. Rathour, who played 6 Tests and 9 ODIs for India, pipped Bangar and former England batsman Mark Ramprakash to emerge the top candidate in the shortlisted list.On the other hand, Bharat Arun is all set to retain his job as he pipped Paras Mhambrey and Venkatesh Prasad in the 3-man shortlist for the bowling coach role.The selection process comes after Ravi Shastri was reappointed as the head coach following interviews conducted by Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee earlier this month.Also Read | Vikram Rathour set to replace Bangar as batting coach, Arun, Sridhar retainedAlso Read | Yuvraj Singh takes a cheeky dig at Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli’s bare-chested pictureAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Jonty RhodesFollow R SridharFollow India national cricket teamFollow India fielding coachFollow MSK PrasadFollow BCCIFollow Bharat ArunFollow Vikram Rathour
“There is one word that has hung heavily on my mind during this visit – reprisals,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said in a press statement wrapping up her 9 to 21 January mission to the country. She said she is deeply concerned about those with whom she met and spoke, “those critical of the Government, those defending and advocating for the rights of others, and those who expressed their thoughts and opinions which did not conform to the narrative of those in the position of power.” Moreover, she noted the increasing use of section 66 (d) of the Telecommunications Law against many, “merely for speaking their minds.” “It is particularly alarming to learn that the security forces’ counter operations in the villages of Maungdaw north in Rakhine state have reportedly been resumed following a brief lull, with raids conducted in several villages including nearby the villages I visited,” Ms. Lee stressed.There are further allegations of arbitrary arrests and detention in relation to these latest reported raids.The expert was especially dismayed to note that during the visit, feelings of optimism and hope had appeared to be fading among the country’s ordinary people – just one year after nationwide elation over the last general elections.The Special Rapporteur regretted that due to security reasons, she was only allowed to go to Myitkyina, and not Laiza and Hpakant in Kachin, stating that the situation “at the northern borders is deteriorating.” “Those in Kachin state tell me that the situation is now worse than at any point in the past few years. Whilst I was not able to travel to the areas most severely affected, the situation is now such that even in Myitkyina, the capital of the state and home to over 300,000 people, residents are afraid – and now stay home after dark,” the UN expert explained.In visiting a hard labour camp in Mon state, Ms. Lee was concerned over prisoners’ living conditions, pointing to the use of shackles as a form of additional punishment and the lack of transparency regarding their transfer to the hard labour camp. Without an individual complaint system in prisons she was “struck by the fear of those prisoners who were afraid of what would happen to them after speaking to me.” A report from the visit will be presented in March to the UN Human Rights Council.Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.