Committee of Administrators (COA) has disapproved the appointment of new team manager for India tour West Indies, which will kick off just five days after the end of Champions Trophy. As per a report in Times of India, COA wants to change the functioning of BCCI to appoint a team manager on tour basis and want a man on a contractual basis.
It is learnt that the new team manager will be given a contract of two years, which will last until the end of 2019 World Cup.
Until the day, BCCI used to appoint team managers on tour basis, with a new man coming in after the end of every tour but COA is keen to have a man for a longer run.
BCCI recently appointed Milind Kanmadikar from Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association as the team manager for the tour to West Indies but the Supreme Court appointed committee disapproved BCCI’s appointment and instead questioned the procedure of appointment of team manager.
“The manager’s job is not only to spend time in the changing room. His job is to ensure that a proper process is followed while picking a team or managing any sort of disagreement in the dressing room. The board appointed managers have failed to live up to the expectation,” a board official told TOI on Friday.“It’s not about an individual and what the team wants. It’s also about managing the job with a proper contract. If there are any issues in the team, the manager has a big role in sorting out the issues inside the dressing room,” the source added.
The step can be seen as a stern action from COA after there were reports of the role of team manager being cut down and almost scrapped during the long home season of the Indian team. As per the reports, team manager neither convened the team meetings nor had any say during the meetings, due to an alleged rift between skipper Virat Kohli and Head Coach Anil Kumble, over the selection of few players.
Meanwhile, COA is set to discuss the process of appointment of team manager at a meeting on June 12. Along with it, many other topics will be taken into consideration, one of the most important being question asked by Rahul Dravid regarding Conflict of Interest issues.