Sanjay Bangar and Co. Likely to Stay as Coaching Staff Until the World Cup
After India‘s good show in the ODI series against England, the BCCI in all likelihood is expected to stick with Sanjay Bangar, B Arun and R Sridharas a part of India’s coaching staff till the 2015 World Cup. Duncan Fletcher‘s future with the team was in jeopardy during the tour of England but the opinion among the BCCI top brass is that it would be too risky to change the coach with barely four months left for the World Cup, which could haper the team’s chances in the extravaganza. A decision regarding Ravi Shastri‘s role of team director and Duncan Fletcher’s as head coach will be made at the BCCI’s working committee meeting on September 26.
It is understood that Bangar, Arun and Sridhar have been hinted that they were in line to continue as assistant coaches and fielding coach upon their return from England and a formal call will be made during the working committee meeting, which will also discuss Shastri’s report.
The three of them were praised by Shastri after India ended their tour of England with a 3-1 series win in the ODIs. “All three of them have done an excellent job in the short period they have been given,” Shastri had told a popular cricket website after the tour. The BCCI top brass are keen to retain Shastri as team director for the world cup, however Shastri himself is undecided over whether he wants to enjoy the tournament from the dressing room or commentator’s box.
This could mean that Trevor Penney and Joe Dawes, who were given a break as fielding and bowling coach respectively, might no longer stay part of the coaching staff. Their contracts, though, run until the end of the world cup and a decision to terminate them or use them in other roles would also be taken at the meeting. One of the options being considered is to use Dawes and Penney as coaches at the National Cricket Academy at Bangalore.
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