Team India trainer Nick Webb has announced that he has decided to resign from his role post the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. Nick will remain with the team during the showpiece event. He took over the position from Shankar Basu after the World Cup in 2019.
The news was confirmed by both the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the team India trainer himself. Webb took the decision due to the difficult entry and exit from New Zealand owing to the restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He said it was difficult for him to stay away from his home for such prolonged months, causing him to take the step.
“For the past two years, I have had the privilege and honour of representing India, the BCCI and Team India,” he said. “We have achieved and grown a lot as a team during this time. As a team, we created history, 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.
“This has not been an easy decision, but ultimately I must put my family first. The current Covid-19 restrictions for New Zealand citizens wanting to enter New Zealand is the primary reason. I am not sure what the future holds for me at the moment, but I am excited. One thing I am certain of is that I will be doing everything I can to guide our Indian cricket team men to the big dance at the T20 World Cup.”
India will play their first match of the ICC T20 World Cup on October 24, with a high-octane clash against Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The New Zealander’s exit from the team is one of the many changes taking place in the Indian cricket team’s management. Earlier, Head Coach Ravi Shastri said that he will not be coaching the team after the T20 World Cup. Along with him, other coaches including bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar are also likely to leave.
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