Bangalore: Vijay Bharadwaj is unlikely to continue as the Karnataka cricket team’s coach. Bharadwaj’s two-year contract with the State team is nearing its end and highly-placed sources confirmed that he is not interested in renewing the contract.

It is believed that the faction feud within the KSCA ranks as well as nagging issues over team composition also played a part in Bharadwaj’s decision.

Two years back, Bharadwaj had accepted the coach’s post after the then incumbent Rajesh Kamath joined the Indian Cricket League. During Bharadwaj’s tenure, the State team made sedate progress especially during last year when a new-look squad under Robin Uthappa entered the quarterfinals before losing to Saurashtra.

However Karnataka’s failure to qualify for the Vijay Hazare Trophy knock-out limited overs tournament, increased the pressure on Bharadwaj.

Sanath Kumar is tipped to succeed Bharadwaj as the State’s coach.

Sanath, is currently an assistant coach with the Royal Challengers Bangalore team and earlier he had coached the Assam team. — Principal Corespondent

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