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Former NZ rugby league trainer Nick Webb appointed Team India trainer

Nick Webb topped the short listed candidates in a practical assessment made by the selectors and trainer.

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Former NZ rugby league trainer Nick Webb appointed Team India trainer
Nick Webb worked for Warriors. Photo: Flipboard

Nick Webb, who worked for Auckland-based rugby league outfit Warriors, has been appointed as Indian cricket team’s strength and conditioning coach.

M. S. K Prasad led Indian selection committee, on Sunday made the selection among top three candidates.

BCCI press release said, “The background check and all is done and just the CoA’s go-ahead is left and once that is finished, the coaches will be handed their contracts.

“The strength and conditioning coaches are currently undergoing their practical assessment at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

“So once that is done, all the signings will be done together by the three-member committee. The contracts come into effect from September 5 so we still have some time to complete the process.”

The selectors, in presence of the fitness expert Ranadeep Moitra went for a practical assessment of the five shortlisted candidates at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

The BCCI said that Webb listed top of the candidates with Luke Woodhouse and Rajnikanth Sivagnanam in the second and third positions respectively.

The 32-year-old also worked with New Zealand’s first-class side Central Districts, also known as Stags.

His last assignment was with the New Zealand women’s national team ‘White Ferns’.

A BCCI official further said as quoted by the Business Standard,

“One of the things that weighed in favour of Nick was the fact that he has been associated with a National Rugby League (NRL) team Warriors in New Zealand. He was found to be most suitable to take the benchmark that Shankar Basu had set to a different level.”

“The tests at the NCA were conducted with U-19 campers being divided into batches of six players each under every aspirant.

“Webb’s communication and trouble shooting skills was considered as the best among the top three. As far as practical knowledge went, all three were on par,” the official further said.

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