While the Indian national cricket team is currently busy in the Caribbean tour, their administrative manager Sunil Subramaniam has entered into the controversy and has been set to return to India. According to PTI, Subramaniam has recently misbehaved with the Indian High Commission officials in the West Indies in the ongoing tour.
According to the media reports, the Indian government has recently directed the BCCI to conduct a small shoot with the Indian cricketers on ‘Water Conversation’ during the ongoing Caribbean tour. Indian captain Virat Kohli, limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma and some other Indian players were in this plan.
The administrative manager Sunil Subramaniam had to co-operate with the top Indian High Commissions officials in Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago. However, Subramaniam talked rudely with the High Commissions official. Even, he also told the Indian High Commissions official in Trinidad & Tobago, ‘Don’t flood me with messages’.
A senior BCCI official told PTI, “The Indian team was supposed to shoot a small advertisement on ‘Water Conservation’ as this directive came from the government. It was learnt that the two High Commissions were informed by the BCCI that Subramaniam is their point person as he is the administrative manager.
“When a very senior person from Indian High Commission in Trinidad & Tobago called up Subramaniam seeking his co-operation, he told him ‘Don’t flood me with messages’. The BCCI has come to know that he refused to entertain their calls when all they were doing was to carry out the government’s directive.”
The bureaucrat certainly wasn’t amused, and the matter reached government corridors in Delhi
Sunil Subramaniam has taken this present role in 2017. After the conclusion of the recently concluded ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, he has earned a 45-day extension in the contract, just like the head coach Ravi Shastri.
Subramaniam was a Tamil Nadu and Assam cricketer from 1988/89 to 2000/01. In domestic career, the left-arm spinner played 74 first-class matches and 28 List A matches.
As the Indian High Commissions official was not happy with Subramaniam’s behaviour, they reported it to the Indian government.
A BCCI official claimed according to PTI, “The bureaucrat certainly wasn’t amused and the matter reached government corridors in Delhi and in turn ended up at CoA chief Vinod Rai’s doorstep. It is learnt that CEO Rahul Johri and his team needed to step in to ensure that things were back on track. However a severe reprimand is on cards for Subramaniam.”
As of now, Sunil Subramaniam is getting a severe reprimand
Now, the BCCI has asked Subramaniam to leave the ongoing tour and return to the country. So, he is likely to be unavailable for the upcoming Test series in West Indies.
A senior BCCI official saied, “As of now, he is getting a severe reprimand. It is there to be seen if Subramanium is asked to come back before the Test series and an interim manager is sent. Even if they don’t send an interim manager, there is logistics manager Hrishikesh Upadhyay, security officer (Soumyadeep Pyne) plus media manager (Anand Subramanium) is also present. What’s his need.”
Later, the IANS has also confirmed Subramaniam’s reprimand report.
Apart from the head coach and the other coaching staffs, the BCCI will also appoint the administrative manager soon. However, Sunil Subramaniam is unlikely to retain his position.
It is not the first controversy with Sunil Subramaniam. In December 2018, Subramaniam was involved in another misbehaviour incident during the Perth Test. The board members have not been even happy with some of his further actions.