No automatic extension for Ravi Shastri and coaching staff even if India wins the World Cup

No automatic extension for Ravi Shastri and coaching staff even if India wins the World Cup

A BCCI official also revealed the plan about rolling out a Women's IPL this year.

Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Team India had an awkward dressing room and administrative fall out last season when the then national coach, Anil Kumble, had made an unceremonious exit from his position. After a lot of brouhaha, Ravi Shastri was named as the coach of the national side, after having served as the team manager for a brief period as well. Team India has thrived big time under his leadership, and his camaraderie with the national skipper Virat Kohli is well known.

Now, the team is gearing up for the all-important ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The end of the World Cup would mark an end of the coaching tenure of Ravi Shastri. In olden days, there was often a clause for extension in the coaching contract.

However, it has been reported that there is no such extension clause in Shastri’s current coaching contract. A senior BCCI official, on the condition of anonymity, revealed that the contracts of all the current coaches and support staff lack an extension. Hence, even if team India lifts the World Cup this year, Ravi Shastri will still have to go through the entire coach selection process again to get his place back at the helm.

“From Anil Kumble’s time, the service contract of the coaches and support staff don’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 the current coach,” a senior BCCI official quoted as per the reports in NDTV.

“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,” mentioned the official.

Women’s IPL to begin this year?

On another note, the official also revealed that a mini-IPL will get underway this year for the Women cricketers. It is worth noting that last year, one solitary exhibition match took place. This year, it has been learnt that three teams would be competing in the mini-IPL. Each team will face off against one another on a round robin basis. The selectors have already shortlisted 30 national cricketers for the tournament, and 12 foreign players will be named shortly.

“The Indian women’s coach WV Raman and the national selectors have given 30 names and there will be 12 foreign players. So there will be three teams of 14 players each and they will play once against each other and then the final,” the official revealed.

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