India Conditioning Coach Shankar Basu Unlikely to Travel for West Indies Tour

Written by Vipin Darwade

Indian team’s strength and conditioning coach Shankar Basu is unlikely to travel with the team after the World Cup even though the BCCI has given an extension to all support staff for 45 days.

National Cricket Academy (NCA) trainer and Basu’s protege Sohum Desai is likely to be the Indian team’s trainer for the West Indies tour, starting August 3.

“Basu is unlikely to accompany the team for the tour to the Caribbean. NCA trainer Sohum, who has already worked with India A team, will be strength and conditioning coach in the West Indies,” a senior BCCI official said.

The 50-year-old Basu, who owns a chain of fitness centres, wants to focus on his business as touring with Indian team means he’s on road for close to eight months, which includes home series.

Physio Patrick Farhart’s tenure also ends with World Cup and he is expected to go to the Caribbean.

It is expected that it will be a foreign physio as per players’ demand in case Farhart rules him out of contention for re-appointment.

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