BCCI will question Sanjay Bangar's alleged misconduct only if Ravi Shastri or the team manager reports

NEW DELHI: India's fired batting coach Sanjay Bangar will be questioned by the BCCI for allegedly misbehaving with the national team Devang Gandhi only if the outgoing administrative manager Sunil Subramanian or the head coach Ravi Shastri submit an official report on the matter.

Reports have emerged that Bangar, who has now been replaced by Vikram Rathour, faced Gandhi in his hotel room during the West Indies tour that has just concluded and the exchange was not exactly friendly.

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, national selector Gandhi, needs to officially report the matter, a senior BCCI official said on the condition of anonymity.

It was the national selection committee that was in charge of the appointments of the support staff. Bangar was the only one in the existing configuration that was eliminated with Bharat Arun (bowling coach) and R Sridhar (field coach) retaining their respective jobs.

While the BCCI officials acknowledged Bangar's confrontation with Gandhi, they are not sure whether the matter should be escalated, now that he is no longer contracted by the BCCI.

The outgoing administrative manager Subramanian, in his mandatory report, needs to mention the matter clearly. Last but not least, head coach Shastri, Bangar's chief of reports, must also submit it in writing that such an incident occurred, the official said.

If all these boxes are not checked, then it is not about placing them before the CoA (Administrators Committee), he added.

While all the officials, with whom PTI spoke, agreed that Bangar had reason to be disappointed after receiving the start, they felt it was out of place for Bangar to confront the selector.

Anyone will be disappointed after being fired. But why did he think he was guaranteed an extension? Shastri, Arun and Sridhar's performances were good and were retained. Bangar's performance was rated poor, was eliminated.

Bangar did not have to ask Gandhi questions, even if we believe he may not have stormed or yelled at Gandhi, an official said.

There is also talk in the BCCI about possible action on anyone - whether a former support staff or domestic players - taking to social media to vent frustration.

Yesterday, Sheldon Jackson of Saurashtra raised questions on social media about his non-selection in Duleep Trophy. Sheldon, we can still understand, scored over 850 races, but (what about Manoj Tiwary of Bengal? He was 39th on the list of the best runners) in Ranji Trophy and yet criticized Gandhi for his omission of Duleep.

The selectors have not responded since they are bound by contract unlike the national players. It's time for CoA to formulate a policy, where there is some discipline among these players, the official said.

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