Sanjay Bangar involved in verbal spat with selector; sources

Mumbai: Sanjay Bangar, who recently was sacked as Team India’s batting coach, was involved in a heated argument with one of the selectors responsible for the selection of the coaching staff, Devang Gandhi, according to a report by Times of India.

Bangar’s stint ended after a five-year spell. There were talks floating around stated that it was ‘lack of trust’ that resulted in him being sacked. The above incident reportedly took place while the coaching staff interviews were going on. Bangar was the only one to be sacked while the head coach, bowling coach and the fielding coach were retained.

“(When the selection committee was conducting interviews) … He went and knocked on Devang’s door late in the evening and gave him and the selection committee an earful. He warned the selectors that the team would rally around him and the decision (to replace him) would fall flat. It wasn’t required. It wasn’t the team’s job to decide on support staff. It was the selectors’ call,” a source told TOI.

The report also mentioned that Sanjay Bangar’s sacking wasn’t much of a surprise as he several issues with the management and there were also several instances of indiscipline.

Sources added, “The fact is that trust became an issue within the team when it came to dealing with Sanjay. There was a complete mismatch of ideas. Yet, it's not like anyone complained against him. If answers have to be sought, it is the COA's job. The COA will be looking into this.”

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