India head coach Ravi Shastri and his fellow backroom coaches will get a 45-day extension after the ongoing World Cup. Shastri & Co will run out of contract in July this year. Shastri was appointed in mid-2017 after the conclusion of the ICC Champions Trophy when Anil Kumble had sensationally stepped down as head coach of the team. And his contract alongside that of bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar will expire at the end of this year’s World Cup. However, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided to extend the coaches’ stay by 45 days.
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“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,” read a statement on BCCI’s website.
“As the Cricket Advisory Committee’s (CAC) involvement is required for the purpose of selecting a head coach, the BCCI management should speak to the members of the 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,” it added.
The CAC comprises of former batting stalwarts Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman. The trio has already made it clear to BCCI ombudsman D.K. Jain that they were not aware of their exact role and scope. All the three players had also said that if a question of conflict arises due to their IPL roles, they were happy to stay away from functioning as CAC members.
Shastri & Co. have done a fine job since taking charge in 2017. Earlier this year, India won their first-ever Test series and bilateral ODI series in Australia. The Men in Blue then won the ODI series in New Zealand 4-1. Last year, the team won ODI series and T20I series in South Africa before winning the Nidahas Trophy. It was followed by a T20I series win in England and a triumphant campaign in the Asia Cup. Indian team is currently in England for the World Cup.