Team India media manager Nishant Jeet Arora has resigned from his post after the apex body-led committee closed down the office in Delhi of sacked BCCI office bearers.
Reports suggest two senior members in Indian team consulted BCCI interim office bearers over the involvement of Nishant in dressing room.
“Media manager’s job is to deal with the media but this guy (Arora) is all over the place… inside dressing room, during team celebrations, in team discussions regarding playing eleven etc,” a senior player was quoted as saying by Deccan Chronicle.
Reports further added Nishant tendered his resignation last evening. The BCCI officials told Nishant to shift Mumbai to work with the staff.
“There is so much of mistrust between players about who is leaking our personal conversation to the outside world,” a player added.
However, he did not go to Hyderabad where India will play one-off Test against Bangladesh on February 9.
Earlier, Arora was allegedly involved in leaking the information to former Board of Control for Cricket President Anurag Thakur, who was sacked with BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke after the Supreme Court’s verdict in a bid to overhaul the cricket in country following the Lodha Panel reforms.
“Is he (media manager) there to make things easy for us or to irritate us?” a senior Team India member retorted.
The Supreme Court-led Committee of Administrators member Diana Edulji has reiterated the COA members have instructed to close the offices and did not point out the names in particular.
“We had just said that president’s Office in Delhi should be shut down and all those recruited in Delhi office will need to go. We never named Nishant but if he is a Delhi Office recruit then he has to go,” Edulji added.
The office bearers in Delhi were the staff members of Thakur.
But if his media manager’s contract is independent of it, then Rahul (BCCI CEO Rahul Johri) takes a final call. Nishant’s replacement will also be decided by Rahul,” Edulji concluded.
In the recent past 18 months, Nishant had visited to United States, Australia and West Indies as a media manager for Team India.
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