BCCI to lay-off coaches at National Cricket Academy: Reports

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With the glaring uncertainty prevailing over the possibility of domestic cricket season this, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has started to cut down its staff. As many as 11 coaches from the National Cricket Academy were not provided new contracts according to a report by The Indian Express. The list includes former cricketers Ramesh Powar, SS Das, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Subroto Banerjee and Sujith Somsundar.

As per the report, the Head of NCA Rahul Dravid had informed them about their non-renewal last week. They were contracted for a year by the BCCI for when Dravid took over the top position at NCA with their salaries ranging between Rs 30-55 lakh.

The daily newspaper reported that at least five of the coaches were not informed beforehand about the decision nor were they given a valid reason.

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Earlier in August, it was reported that the BCCI was debating about lay-offs and pay cuts and there is a possibility that the details could be revealed shortly.

Former Indian Women’s team head coach Ramesh Powar is the Bowling Coach at NCA, and Hrishikesh Kanitkar is looking over the batting department. Sujith Somasundar is the Head of Education at the premier cricket training facility. They were appointed by the Committee of Administrators in 2019 to handle the substantial workload at the NCA.

They were also working with the men’s and women’s senior teams during camps and rehabilitation programs and were involved in the development of India-A, India U-19 and India U-23 teams. Most recently, Das traveled with the India A women’s team to Australia where they played three one-day matches and three T20s against Australia A.

Though the NCA hasn’t been functioning since the lockdown in March, the centrally contracted players have been permitted to train at the facility from this month.

The report also stated that as per the previous balance sheet that was made public by the BCCI, its bank balance accounted for Rs 5,526 crore, as of March 2018, and that includes Rs 2,992 crore in fixed deposits. Apart from that, the BCCI had also signed a five-year broadcasting agreement with Star TV for Rs 6,138.1 crore in 2018.

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