More NCA coaches may quit after revamp


The National Cricket Academy (NCA) these days looks like a “ghost town”. That is how a NCA functionary on Sunday described the premier BCCI institution, following a drastic reduction in the staff and the budget.

Following the restructuring of the NCA, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken several unprecedented decisions aimed at downsizing the staff at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, and saving money.

These measures include scrapping of the post of video analyst and changing the employment mode of coaches and physiotherapists from being permanent to retainership, according to BCCI sources.

Those who have now been put on retainership mode have been sent back to their respective home towns. Besides their retainership fee, they would be paid a daily allowance of Rs.2,000 whenever they would be called to the NCA on special assignments.

The administrative staff has been cut down to just 11 while the ground staff has been reduced to just one curator and seven grounds men. The house- keeping, which was an inhouse responsibility, has now been outsourced.

The BCCI has also decided to give just 10 per cent annual increment to most of the staff, 30 days’ leave in a year, and would bear just 50 per cent per house rent, provided it is not beyond Rs.25,000 per month.

“The excess staff that didn’t fit into the new scheme of things has been terminated. And the workload of those retained has been increased,” a top source told Mail Today. “Now, with many of the employees gone, the NCA these days looks like a ghost town.” The source informed that two of the three coaches retained have quit and some more people may leave soon. “While bowling coach Bharat Arun and batting coach Dinesh Nanavaty have quit and assistant bowling coach V. Venkatram is among the people asked to leave,” the source said. Arun’s notice period ends on August 31.

Nanavaty was drawing Rs.36.79 lakh annually and Arun Rs.36.03 lakh while Venkatram was being paid Rs.20.30 lakh.

However, the long serving Kinjal Suratwala, head coach (sports sciences and coach education) and who is drawing Rs.36.03 lakh annually, is among the people retained.

The BCCI, at an NCA Board meeting held on April 22, decided to retain only three full-time coaches— Suratwala, Arun and Nanavaty — but with additional responsibilities.

“These included supervising and conducting coaching camps at the NCA, at the three specialist academies in Mohali, Mumbai and Chennai, and also at the state academies,” said the source. “They were also required to conduct coaching courses and coach the various Indian teams.” Now, the salaries of the entire staff are being determined by the BCCI in conjunction with NCA Board chairman Ranjib Biswal and Ratnakar Shetty, general manager ( game development), unlike in the past when the NCA administrator had a big say.

Administrator Ajay Kumar Jha was among those whose services have been terminated. He has been replaced by KVP Rao, who was manager (game development) till now at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai. The post of NCA Director (cricket operations) had earlier been scrapped. BCCI President N. Srinivasan had asked Shetty to draw the plan for the restructuring of the NCA. The recommendations include the scrapping of the post of the video analyst, which was held by Sanju Singh, who was part of the support staff that helped India win the Under-19 World Cup last year.

“The full-time video analyst at the Nagpur-based BCCI’s National Academy of Umpires has been asked to take the responsibilities of the NCA too and shuttle between Bangalore and Nagpur when required,” said the source.

Fielding coach R. Sridhar’s employment has been changed to the retainership mode and the former Hyderabad Ranji Trophy player has been asked to be stationed at his home town.

“The BCCI has also decided that former India players would now be called as ‘specialist coaches’ for bating, bowling and wicket-keeping to conduct annual camps at the NCA,” said the source. “These specialist coaches would be paid professional fees of Rs.10,000 a day and a daily allowance of ` 2,000 besides accommodation and economy class air ticket.”

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