No Extension Clause In Ravi Shastri’s Coach Contract, Says BCCI Official
While the World Cup is definitely on everyone’s mind, there is little denying that the entire cricketing fraternity is eager to learn the fate of current India coach Ravi Shastri and his deputies. The contracts of India’s current coaching staff will come to an end after the upcoming World Cup ends in July. Speculations are high that Shastri might be retained as the head coach given his good rapport with skipper Virat Kohli and the fine track record of the team in recent times.
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. Along with Shastri, the contracts of bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar will also expire at the end of this year’s World Cup.
Recently, media reports suggested that the Committee of Administrators can give an extension to all the four coaches up to November 2020, that is till next year’s World Twenty20 in Australia.
However, even if Shastri is favourite to retain the coach’s post, the BCCI will be forced to restart the coach-selection process as the former India all-rounder’s service contract doesn’t have an extension or renewal clause.
Unlike most of the big football or NBA clubs, who have a renewal or an extension clause for their coaches, the BCCI, from Anil Kumble’s time as chief coach, never had that particular clause.
“From Anil Kumble’s time, the service contract of the coaches and support staff doesn’t have an extension or renewal clause. Therefore, even if India win the World Cup under Shastri’s coaching, he will have to come through the fresh recruitment process even though he will be a direct entry into the shortlisted panel as current coach,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.
He further said that the board needs to follow the due process of putting up an advertisement on its website for filling up the various positions of support staff in the senior India line-up.
“Shastri, Sanjay Bangar (batting coach), Bharat Arun (bowling coach) and R Sridhar (fielding coach), their contracts will end with India’s last match in the World Cup. With only 14 days left for the inaugural World Test Championship matches against the West Indies, we need to complete the process in due time. But everything will happen after the World Cup,” he said.
He also said that Shastri is unlikely to be removed as head coach if the team reaches at least the semi-final of the World Cup.
Ravi 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.
Currently, the team is No 1 in Tests and No 2 in the ODI and No 2 Twenty20 ICC rankings. today.
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