Five out of the eleven coaches are former India cricketers , whose contracts will not be renewed by BCCI
- India Vahini News / A S DSilva
Updated : 23-9-2020
The coaches, five out of whom are former India players, were appointed by the Committee of Administrators last year on the recommendation of Rahul Dravid after he took over as Head of Cricket at the NCA.
The likes of Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Subroto Banerjee, Shib Sundar Das, Mansoor Ali Khan, Subhadeep Ghosh, T Dilip, Rajiv Dutta, Apurva Desai, Sitanshu Kotak, Ramesh Powar, among others, are the ones whose contracts have not been renewed.
However, Narendra Hirwani (spin), Abhay Sharma (wicketkeeping), Under-19 coach Paras Mhambrey, physiotherapist Ashish Kaushik, trainer Anand Date, operations manager Kshemal Waingankar; and education head Sujit Somasundar are set to retain their roles, the report added.
The coaches who were employed on salaries ranging from Rs 30-55 lakh said they were not offered a reason for the non-renewal of their contracts.
“We received a call from Rahul (Dravid) two days ago and he informed us that BCCI has decided not to renew our contract.
The coaches also questioned the timing of the decision given that all coaching roles in Indian domestic cricket have now already been filled.
The BCCI hinted at a complete restructuring of the NCA under Dravid’s leadership as a reason for not renewing contracts of coaches, who they claimed were not selected using the procedure that the CoA themselves prescribed.
“It was a case of apples and oranges given the way NCA hired coaching staff without interviews last year. Right now, with the pandemic disrupting everything, these coaches have had nothing to do in the last five-odd months. So, what’s the point renewing these contracts?” “The BCCI will look at a complete overhaul of the structure and do things the right way once cricket begins,” the source added.
Financially, there seems to be little reason for the board to cut jobs as it had a cash and bank balance of Rs 5,526 crore, as of March 2018, including Rs 2,992 crore in fixed deposits.