The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has abandoned its policy of appointing a permanent manager for the senior men’s team and is likely to revert to the former method of appointing managers on a series-by-series basis.
Cricbuzz can reveal that Girish Dongre’s term as the Indian team’s administrative manager for the last couple of years has come to an end, and the BCCI has decided not to renew his contract. For the recently finished West Indies series, the Indian team had a new administrative head, Dhaval Shah of the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), and there will be another for the upcoming one against Sri Lanka, albeit under a different name.
According to Cricbuzz, Jaidev Shah, the president of the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA), has been appointed as the BCCI’s envoy for the Sri Lanka series, which begins in Lucknow. There will be no supervisor.
Dongre’s contract, which was signed by the BCCI under the previous Committee of Administrators (COA) government, is thought to have expired before the Twenty20 World Cup in the UAE. He had, however, gone to South Africa, ostensibly on a temporary extension. He has not been linked with the squad since the series ended earlier in January.
Sunil Subramaniam was replaced in the job by Dongre in late 2019. He came under fire during last summer’s tour of England, when many Indian players tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the fifth and final Test to be cancelled.