Team India strength and conditioning coach Nick Webb has announced his decision to step down as he wishes to prioritise his family life back home in New Zealand. Webb joined the Indian cricket team in 2019, replacing Shankar Basu.
"I have recently informed the BCCI that I will not be seeking an extension of my contract following the t20worldcup," Webb wrote on his instagram page with details of his reason to quit the high profile job after two years.
His decision is partly influenced by New Zealand's strict Covid protocols which make returning to the country difficult. The coach said he wanted to spend more time with his family which he would not otherwise get, especially in the post-pandemic world. Currently, anyone entering New Zealand needs to undergo institutional quarantine for 14 days. "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," Webb said.
He praised the Indian cricket team for its flexibility and resilience and said that he was proud to have worked with them so far and was hoping to do everything he could to guide the Indian cricket team to victory at the T20 World Cup. It was a "privilege and an honour" to have worked with the team so far, Webb declared.