Team India manager Sunil Subramanian is about to get an extension after a positive report from chief coach Ravi Shastri. Subramanian was appointed as India’s cricket team manager in 2017.
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According to reports in Mumbai Mirror, Shastri termed Sunil’s work excellent. Therefore, the team manager is all set to get a longer rope in the national team.
Subramaniam was the first one to get the role for one year period:
Interestingly, Subramaniam is the former coach of India’s premier spinner in the Test circuit, Ravichandran Ashwin.
For the first time in Indian cricket history, the Board of Control for Cricket in India had advertised for the role of a team manager.
Subsequently, after the selection process, Subramaniam joined the team. The Test series against Sri Lanka was the first assignment for Sunil.
In fact, the Indian board used to appoint the team manager on the tour-to-tour basis. However, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) was not happy by the idea of the tour-to-tour appointment. Consequently, the CoA advertised for the full-time recruitment.
Subramaniam came after the Kumble-Kohli fallout.
Thus, Subramaniam, who represented Tamil Nadu and Assam as a first-class player became the first man to get the job for a period of one year.
Meanwhile, BCCI could have continued with their policy of appointing team manager on a tour basis.
However, the role of the team manager came under the scrutiny after the tussle between former coach Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli respectively. Thus, the role of the team manager was given more importance by the CoA.
In fact, the CoA had asked for the report from the team manager after the fallout between Kumble and Kohli.
Meanwhile, Ravi Shastri is with Team India in the United Kingdom (UK) to prepare for the gruelling five-match Test series.