Indian team’s media manager (second from left) seen posing with the side after their recent T20I series win against England © AFP
Indian team’s media manager (second from left) seen posing with the side after their recent T20I series win against England © AFP

Indian cricket team’s media manager Nishant Jeet Arora has been sacked with immediate affect by BCCI’s Commitee of Administrators (COA). There were accusations surrounding him of leaking vital dressing room details to former oust Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, Anurag Thakur. It must be remembered that Thakur was also sacked from the top job on January 2, 2017 for not adhering to the recommendations made by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha Committee. The complaint against Arora had surfaced immediately after India wrapped up their home series against England which comprised of 5 Tests, 3 ODIs and as many T20Is. Interestingly, reports mention that at least two senior Indian cricketers raised the issue against Arora. Indian cricket team’s media manager Nishant Arora accused of leaking information to Anurag Thakur

Earlier, according to a report in DNA, at least two senior players had blamed Arora of inferring in matters concerning the dressing room and been reporting them to Thakur. A senior player said, ” Media manager’s job is to deal with the media but this guy (Arora) is all over the place… inside dressing room, during team celebrations, in team discussions regarding playing eleven etc”, thereby depicting his frustration.

Arora’s tenure in BCCI started in April 2015 as an executive during Thakur’s stint. Both Thakur and Arora share a history as it was the latter’s company Final Score Management Pvt Ltd which was handling the account of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), headed by Thakur. Later, Arora was appointed as the media manager of the BCCI.

Arora had denied leaking any information to Thakur but came of no use as his tenure has been terminated.