India’s strength and conditioning coach Nick Webb on Thursday announced that he would step down from his post and would not seek a contract extension after the upcoming T20 World Cup. After Head Coach Ravi Shastri, he is the second support staff to announce his decision officially. Skipper Virat Kohli will also step down from his captaincy.
Nick Webb said the World Cup will be his last assignment as he now wants to spend some more time with his family.
“For the past 2 + years I have had the privilege and honour of representing India and @indiancricketteam, We have achieved and grown a lot as a team during this time. As a team we created history, we 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,” he said.
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Apart from Nick Webb, India batting, bowling and fielding coach are all expected to step down along with Ravi Shastri, meaning India will have a new team of support staff for the New Zealand series. Nick Webb played a key role in getting Rishabh Pant fit after he faced a lot of criticism for his fitness during the Australia series in 2018-19.
“In saying this, I have recently informed the BCCI that I will not be seeking an extension of my contract following the @t20worldcup. This has not been an easy decision but ultimately I must put my family first. The current COVID restrictions for New Zealand citizens wanting to enter NZ is the primary reason. While these restrictions may ease in the future, the uncertainty of this happening moving forward along with potential 5-8 month stints at a time away from my family has made it unsustainable for me past the T20 World Cup,” Nick Webb added.
Further talking about his decision, Webb said: “I am not sure what the future holds for me at the moment but I remain excited. One thing I’m certain of is that I will be doing everything I can to guide our @indiancricketteam men to the big dance at the T20 World Cup. We are #inittowinit. Thanks for all of your support, I appreciate all of you.”
The Indian selection committee led by MSK Prasad had chosen Nick Webb as Team India’s Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2019. The T20 World Cup will begin from October 17 and India will lock horns against arch-rivals Pakistan in their first match on October 24 in Dubai.