| John Wright
Calcutta: Assuming that the tri-series gets over on schedule, Sunday, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya will have a one-to-one with coach John Wright here Monday/Tuesday.
It’s significant, of course, that their interaction will precede the April 26-27 working committee meeting of the BCCI, in New Delhi.
As already reported in these columns, Wright is set to get a one-year extension, beginning March 24. Ditto for physio Andrew Leipus and physical trainer Adrian le Roux.
[The trio’s ad-hoc extension, granted by Dalmiya late last month, is till May 24.]
However, Wright’s terms and conditions remain to be discussed. As also the BCCI’s “desire” that he head for the Bangalore-located National Cricket Academy (NCA) during Team India’s forthcoming lay-off. Clearly, the NCA bit as also the terms and conditions issue will dominate Monday/Tuesday’s deliberations.
Dalmiya, for his part, simply said: “It’s largely going to be an administrative meeting…” Significantly, speaking to The Telegraph Thursday evening, he acknowledged Wright was yet to be sounded out — even informally — on overseeing the NCA activities as well.
While the BCCI — which, by the way, was negotiating with the Dav Whatmores — is convinced it will be in everybody’s interest if the Team India coach has a real close look at the brightest youngsters, Wright could (with very good reasons) ask for a break.
After all, save for the odd lay-off, Wright has been working non-stop November 2000 onwards. Indeed, if he wasn’t such a pro, he would have been home (in Christchurch) looking to matters after his father’s death.
Instead, Wright is today in Dhaka — actually, he just missed India’s first match (against Bangladesh).
If the much-delayed Asia Cup is scrapped, following Pakistan’s withdrawal, Team India will have a break till the home series versus New Zealand, in early October.
As of now, the Asia Cup is scheduled for August 10-28 in Sri Lanka.
Incidentally, Dalmiya may also meet le Roux either before or after interacting with Wright. Leipus, however, is still in South Africa.