Indian Coach Sanjay Bangar to be questioned by BCCI for Misbehaving
India’s fired India batting coach, Sanjay Bangar, will be questioned by the BCCI for allegedly misbehaving with national coach Devang Gandhi if outgoing administrative manager Sunil Subramanian or head coach Ravi Shastri file an official report on the matter.
Reports have emerged that Sanjay Bangar, who has now been replaced by Vikram Rathour, faced the selector on the West Indies tour, Gandhi, in his hotel room and the exchange was not exactly friendly.
“In such a scenario, one must strictly follow the rule book. First, the man Sanjay Bangar allegedly insulted, national coach Gandhi, needs to report the matter officially,” said a senior BCCI official under conditions of anonymity.
It was the national team committee that was in charge of the appointments of the support staff. Bangar was the only one in the existing setup to be eliminated with Bharath Arun (bowling coach) and R Sridhar (field coach) retaining their respective jobs.
While BCCI officials acknowledged Bangar’s confrontation with Gandhi, they are unsure whether the matter should escalate now that it is no longer hired by the BCCI.
“The outgoing administrative manager Subramanian, in his mandatory report, needs to mention the matter. Last but not least, head coach Shastri, Bangar’s head of reporting, must also submit it in writing that such an incident occurred,” the official said.
“If all these boxes aren’t checked, then it is not a question of placing them before the CoA (Committee of Administrators),” he added.
While all officials agreed that Bangar had reason to be disappointed after receiving the start, they felt that Bangar did not agree to face the selector.
“Anyone will be disappointed after being fired. But why did you think it was guaranteed an extension? The performances of Shastri, Arun, and Sridhar were good and retained. Bangar’s performance was rated poorly, and be eliminated. Bangar didn’t have to ask Gandhi questions, even if we felt that maybe he hadn’t broken over or shouted at Gandhi,” one official said.
There is also talk at the BCCI about possible action on anyone, whether it’s a former support staff or domestic players on the hill, who turn to social media to vent.
“Yesterday, Sheldon Jackson of Saurashtra raised questions on social media about his non-selection at the Duleep Trophy. Sheldon, we can still understand, he scored more than 850 races, but Manoj Tiwary of Bengal? He was ranked 39th on the List of the Best Runners in the Ranji Trophy and yet criticized Gandhi for his omission from Duleep,” the official added.
“The selectors have not responded as they contractually bound, unlike national players. It’s time for the CoA to formulate a policy, where there is some discipline among these players,” the official said.