The BCCI already had its task cut out trying to finalise the coach and/or director of the Indian team (not confirmed whether or not Ravi Shastri will continue as the Team Director) before the tour of Bangladesh. To add to that, Nitin Patel, the physio of the Indian team, who was part of the back room staff since 2007, has decided to call time on his career.
Nitin, who has put in his papers, took over from John Glouster who got injured during India’s tour to England in 2007 and since then has been taking care of the team’s fitness issues.
Apart from his on-field work, Nitin also looked after the rehabilitation centre at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. The centre was later relocated to Sri Ramachandra Medical College campus in Chennai, following Patel’s advice.
Patel is one of the long-serving members in the BCCI and his departure will force the board to look for a new physio at the earliest. It is being learnt that Patel wanted to devote more time to his family as he has been on the road with the Indian team since the time he took over, which led to his resignation.
The resignation has not been formally accepted yet and a BCCI insider told ESPNCricinfo that Patel had “made up his mind since he wants to spare more time at home".