Head Coach Gautam Gambhir's Salary Yet to be Decided by BCCI: Report
Head Coach Gautam Gambhir's Salary Yet to be Decided by BCCI: Report
The 'financial nitty-gritties' of Gautam Gambhir's appointment as India's head coach are yet to be worked.

The BCCI on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Gautam Gambhir as Team India’s head coach. The former India opener will take over the reins of Rahul Dravid whose extended tenure ended with the T20I World Cup 2024 triumph in the Caribbean. Gambhir’s coaching stint begins with India’s tour of Sri Lanka later this month. Although his appointment has been confirmed, it has been learned that his salary is yet to be finalized.

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According to PTI, the ‘financial nitty-gritties’ of Gambhir’s appointment as India’s head coach are yet to be worked. But that’s the ‘last of his concerns’ at the moment as he is focused on getting a support staff of choice to prepare for the enormous challenges that await him during the three-year stint.

“For Gautam, it was important that he took charge and salary and other stuff can be worked out as it’s not going anywhere. It is similar to the case of Ravi Shastri in 2014 when he was first made Director of Cricket over head coach Duncan Fletcher,” a BCCI was quoted as saying by PTI.

“The day Ravi joined, he didn’t even have a contract and things worked out. In the case of Gautam also, some finer details are being worked out. The salary will be in the same range as Rahul Dravid,” he added.

The report further suggested that Gambhir will be given his own team to work with, who will also closely co-ordinate with the NCA (National Cricket Academy) coaches, who look after the pathways teams (India A and U-19) as well as the targeted players.

“I look forward to working closely with the BCCI, Head of Cricket – Mr VVS Laxman, the support staff, and, most importantly, the players, as we work towards achieving success in the upcoming tournaments,” Gambhir had said.

Laxman is currently in Zimbabwe with the young T20 team, but it is expected that once he is back, the NCA head, along with the new head coach and chairman of selectors Ajit Agarkar, the two captains Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya will have a discussion on the road ahead.

(With PTI INputs)

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