Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - India trainer Nick Webb resigns, to leave after T20 WC. Webb was appointed by the BCCI in 2019.
Webb was appointed by the BCCI in 2019.
Team India trainer Nick Webb has decided to leave. The New Zealander has said that he will not be part of the Indian team post the upcoming T20 WC. He was appointed to the position in 2019.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as well as the trainer himself confirmed the development. “I have recently informed the BCCI that I will not be seeking extension of contract following the T20 WC,” Webb wrote in a social media post. A BCCI official, separately, also told Cricbuzz that the New Zealander has decided to leave.
The exit of Webb stays in sync of the inevitable changes in the support of staff of the Indian team post the World Cup. Already, head coach Ravi Shastri has declared that the October 17-November 14 ICC event will be his last assignment with the Indian team and along with him, most other coaches, including bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar are also expected to leave.
“The new head coach will have a free hand to have his own support staff,” the BCCI official said confirming that the process to recruit the new members will start soon.
Later, Webb also confirmed to Cricbuzz that his decision to move on stems from the difficulties in entering and exiting New Zealand due to the restrictions imposed following the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. “This has not been an easy decision. But ultimately I must put my family first. The current Covid restrictions for the New Zealand citizens wanting to enter the country is the primary reason. While these restrictions may ease in the future, the uncertainty of this happening moving forward along with potential 5-8 months stint at a time away from my family has made it unsustainable for me past the T20 WC,” he wrote.
Webb also paid ultimate tributes to India captain Virat Kohli and coach Shastri saying they strive for excellence and set high professional standards. “They are both great leaders in their own right. They both strive for excellence, set high expectations on us all and left nothing to chance. I have learned a lot from them both and have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside them,” he told Cricbuzz, adding, “If Covid restrictions were not in place, I would not be making this decision.”
In his post, Webb further wrote, “I am not sure what the future holds for me at the moment but I remain excited. One this I am certain of is that I will be doing everything I can to guide our Indian cricket team men to the big chance at the T20 WC. We are in to win it (sic).”
Webb termed his two-year stint with the team a privilege and explained what makes this side special. “For the past 2+ years I have had the privilege and honour of representing India and Indian cricket team. We have achieved and grown a lot as a team during this time. As a team we created history, we won matches and we lost matches. But how we continually responded and adapted in the face of many challenges along with everyone's willingness to compete every single day are things that make this team special.”
Webb, 35, is from Auckland but lives in Bay of Islands. He was selected by the MSK Prasad led selection committee ahead of the likes of Luke Woodhouse and Rajnikanth Sivagnanam in September 2019. “We felt that he would gel with the Indian players well. Although there were good candidates, his knowledge, experience and age clinched it for him. Being in early 30s, we thought he would be a long-term prospect for the Indian team. It is sad that he is having to leave early because of the Covid situation,” the former chief selector said.