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Indian Team Coaching Staff’s Contract To Be Extended For 45 Days After WC 2019

The Men in Blue have kicked off their World Cup campaign with two wins in as many matches. They have gone past South Africa and Australia and are playing like the favourites to win the tournament. The team has been doing well under the watchful eyes of the head coach Ravi Shastri in the last couple of years whose tenure at the helm ends with the conclusion of the ongoing mega event.

The contract of the support staff comprising the batting coach Sanjay Bangar, bowling coach Bharat Arun and the fielding coach R Sridhar also comes to an end. However, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided to give a 45-day extension to the support staff on an ad-hoc basis. The decision was taken in a recent meeting and the details were uploaded on BCCI’s official website.

The interviews to be conducted after the World Cup

During this period, the CoA headed by Vinod Rai will conduct interviews for all the positions after the quadrennial even in England. “After some discussion, the CoA decided that the contracts for the support staff can be extended by 45 days on an ad-hoc basis and that interviews of the support staff should be conducted after the World Cup,” the minutes of meeting details on BCCI website read.

As far as the head coach is concerned, Ravi Shastri also looks set for an ad-hoc extension as the Cricket Advisory Committee’s (CAC) involvement is necessary for selecting the head coach. Also, the BCCI management makes aware the members of the CAC about their expectation to start the process.

“As the CAC’s involvement is required for the purpose of selecting a Head Coach, as a preliminary step, the BCCI management should speak to the members of CAC and ascertain what is their expectation vis-a-vis remuneration/compensation for their services and a draft of the terms of reference for the CAC should be prepared and circulated for CoA’s consideration,” the minutes of meeting further added.

Interestingly, the CAC stands dissolved at the moment. It included the former India cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman who recently made it clear to BCCI Ethics Officer DK Jain that they won’t be taking up the responsibilities after the conflict of interest cases were filed against them.