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Reports: Ravi Shastri and other Indian support staff members could get extension till November 2020

The CoA feels the coaching staff members have done a 'reasonably good job' as India have done well across formats in recent times.

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

The extension of the contract of Team India’s support staff is reportedly going to be one of the hot topics for discussion when the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri meet on Monday. The meeting in Mumbai is also set to witness talks between International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar and the BCCI’s top officials over tax waiver worth USD 22 million for future global events and proposals on anti-doping policy.

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the CoA will address a number of key issues in the meeting and one of them is the contract of the current coaching staff. The contracts of head coach Ravi Shastri took over in 2017 after Anil Kumble stepped down amid controversy. The contract of bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar will expire in July this year, by the end of the ICC World Cup. It is learned that the CoA is keen to extend the coaches’ contracts till November next year.

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CoA pleased with the coaching staff’s performance

According to the report, the CoA feels the coaching staff members have done a ‘reasonably good job’ as India have done well across formats in recent times, winning series across formats overseas. The team has achieved quite a few memorable firsts in the last one year, including beating Australia in Test series in their den. The Men in Blue also clinched the Asia Cup last year besides thumping the Windies at home in all formats. The season though ended with three consecutive losses against New Zealand (T20Is) and Australia (T20Is and ODIs).

An announcement on the extension of the contract could come on Monday at the end of the meeting. An extension till November 2020 means the current support staff will continue till the end of the T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November. Shastri reportedly told Johri that he has a plan in place for the team for the T20 World Cup.

Besides, the remaining schedule of the Indian Premier League (IPL) kicking off on March 23 is also likely to be announced after the meeting.

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