The world’s richest cricket board – Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited fresh applications for the Indian cricket team’s support staff, following India’s semi-final exit in the just-concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Head coach – Ravi Shastri will need to reapply once his contract expires after next month’s tour of the West Indies. BCCI also added that all the incumbent staff will get a direct entry in the process.
The board has invited applications for – head coach, batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach, physiotherapist, strength and conditioning coach and administrative manager. The support staff comprising Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar were given a 45-day extension following the World Cup, covering the West Indies tour from August 3 to September 3.
All of them can reapply but the team is set to have a new trainer and physio after the departure of Shankar Basu and Patrick Farhart respectively.
After the West Indies tour, India’s home season kicks off with the series against South Africa beginning September 15.
Shastri was appointed India chief coach in 2017 after Anil Kumble’s tenure ended prematurely in controversial circumstances. The 57-year-old was also India’s director of cricket from August 2014 to June 2016.
However, India have not won a major ICC event under his guidance though the team did make history by winning a maiden Test series in Australia earlier this year.
Former Tamil Nadu captain Sunil Subramanian was appointed team manager in 2017 on a year-contract but he got an extension. It was the first time that the BCCI had followed a transparent procedure for hiring the team manger, in accordance with the Lodha committee recommendations.
For all positions, the BCCI has done away with the direct appointment and follows a proper recruitment process.