Team India’s ex-batting coach Sanjay Bangar is set to be cross-questioned by the BCCI for reportedly misbehaving with national selector Devang Gandhi. Reports have surfaced that Sanjay Bangar, who was recently sacked, confronted the selector during the recently concluded Caribbean tour. And it seems that the exchange of words was not exactly genial.
“In such a scenario, one needs to go strictly by the rule book. First and foremost, the man who Bangar is alleged to have insulted, the national selector Gandhi, he needs to officially report the matter,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
It was the selection committee who was responsible for the support staff appointments. Sanjay Bangar was the only one in the existing structure to be sacked with Bharath Arun and R Sridhar keeping hold of their respective jobs.
Nevertheless, the BCCI official accepted Sanjay Bangar’s clash with Devang Gandhi but they were unsure whether to escalate the matter or not.
“Outgoing administrative manager Subramanian, in his mandatory report, needs to mention the matter clearly. Last but not the least, head coach Shastri, Bangar’s reporting head, also needs to file it in writing that such an incident happened,” the official said.
“If all these boxes are not ticked, then there is no question of placing it before the CoA (Committee of Administrators),” he added.
Officials, who spoke to PTI, agreed that Sanjay Bangar had reason to be dismayed after being axed, they also felt that it was unreasonable of Bangar to confront the selector.
“Anyone is bound to be disappointed after being sacked. But why did he think that he was guaranteed an extension? Shastri, Arun and Sridhar’s performances were good and they were retained. Bangar’s performance was rated poor, he was removed. “Bangar had no business asking questions to Gandhi even if we factor in that he might not have barged in or shouted at Gandhi,” an official said.
There is also speculations in the BCCI about possible action on anyone, whether it be a former staff or player taking to social media to showcase their frustration.
“Yesterday, Saurashtra’s Sheldon Jackson raised questions on social media about his non-selection in Duleep Trophy. Sheldon, we can still understand, scored 850-plus runs but Bengal’s Manoj Tiwary? He was 39th in top run-getters list in Ranji Trophy and yet he criticised Gandhi for his Duleep omission.
“The selectors have not answered back as they are bound by contract unlike domestic players. It’s time CoA formulates a policy, where there is some discipline among these players,” the official said.