July 3, 2003

Wright gets extended contract and bonus

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given John Wright a contract extension to coach the Indian team until at least September 2004.

Wright, former New Zealand captain and opening batsman, has coached India since November 2000, and saw his side recover from a disastrous tour of New Zealand last summer to be the beaten finalist at the 2003 World Cup. That effort has earned him a three-month bonus, as well as a contract extension.

Jagmohan Dalmiya, the BCCI's president, said Wright's contract would see the side through to the International Cricket Council's Champions Trophy, being played in England in August-September next year.

Andrew Leipus, India's physiotherapist, has also had his contract extended, while South African Gregory King has been appointed as the team's new trainer.

India face a tough programme in the upcoming season, which opens with a home series against New Zealand. That will be followed by a tour of Australia, and a home series with Pakistan - subject to government approval. Bangladesh are due to host India in April next year before the Champions Trophy.

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