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Sanjay Bangar may face axe after World Cup exit


India’s exit from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has been the never-ending debate. It’s been two days since the team lost to New Zealand by 18 runs in a rain-affected semi-final fixture at Old Trafford and even now the fans are still talking about the loss, which goes to show how much painful it has been for them.

Sanjay Bangar may face axe after World Cup exit
Sanjay Bangar during a customary handshake with MS Dhoni

Following India’s outcome, fans questioned the team’s tactics and its management’s strategy. India’s coaching staff, chaired Ravi Shastri, was given a 45-day extension after their contract concluded with the World Cup.

As per the reports, India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar may face axe after team’s exit from marquee event after certain sections within BCCI believes that he should have done far better. For so long, India has been dependent on the top-order batsmen and when they fail, the middle-order batsmen haven’t done justice to their role and it was the same case during the semi-final match against New Zealand.

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Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said: “It was a constant struggle.” “While we are all supportive of the players and they had a good tournament with the exception of this bad day in office (in the semi-final against New Zealand), the support staff’s processes and decision-making will surely be scrutinised thoroughly prior to any decision being taken about their future.

“Also, it was pretty ordinary stuff when you had Bangar stating to the Indian media contingent that every player was available for selection when Shankar was ruled out early next morning on account of an injury sustained earlier on tour. Things have been somewhat disorganised when it comes to the assessment of performances of the support staff being made by people who were keen on having select individuals continue in their positions.

“The present administration set up including the senior employees were all at sea with cricketing decisions and at the same time were ignoring the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) – comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman – completely and that’s a shame,” the official said.

“Without taking names, it is well documented that a couple of current team members have spoken about how they approached some of the former India batsmen to help them erase flaws in their batting when they were having issues scoring runs,” the source told IANS.

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