While speculation about 'who will be India's next coach' is picking up and a host of former cricket stars are being linked to the job, former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin has said that BCCI should appoint a home-grown coach rather than an overseas one.
"Indian coaches are good. We have won matches with Indian coaches," Azharuddin, whose career ended because of a match-fixing scandal, told DNA. "We must promote our Indian players who can be coaches. The Board of Control for Cricket in India should look into it," he added.
Duncan Fletcher's contract ended after World Cup 2015. He had a roller-coaster four-year ride as India coach and was often criticised for India's poor record overseas in recent years.
The logic behind appoint an Indian coach could be the fact that they have seen the domestic talent, they understand the players well and the communication becomes easy. They can get the best out of the players this way.
India have had some successful foreign coaches in John Wright and Gary Kirsten but there have been controversial ones too in form of Greg Chappell. There have been examples where Indian coaches have done well for example - Ajit Wadekar (1992-1996) and Anshuman Gaekwad (1997-1999).
Azharuddin was of the opinion that the expertise of former India players can come in handy.
"There are so many players who have represented India and should be able to give their expertise. You should have a professional coach who has practical knowledge of the game. Anybody can be strong on theory. Players who have played over 40-50 Tests can be good at guiding the youngsters," Azharuddin said.
Earlier, former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar too had supported the idea of appointing a home-grown coach. "There are a lot of advantages with having an Indian coach. The foreign coaches only know about the 15 players who are part of the squad. They have no idea about fringe players and in fact are wary of them. Whereas, an Indian coach would have seen a player, who has been selected into the Indian team, earlier in domestic cricket, and that really helps," Vengsarkar told TOI.
BCCI had earlier shown their propensity for home-grown support staff when they clipped Fletcher's wings and appointed Ravi Shastri as director of cricket. Fielding coach Trevor Penny and bowling coach Joe Dawes were "given a break" and were replaced by Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun as assistant coaches. R Sridhar too was roped in as the fielding coach.
Former batting stalwarts Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid will be part of the Committee which will find Indian cricket team's new coach and the support staff.
The trio, according to sources, will provide input to BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya and Secretary General Anurag Thakur, who were entrusted with the job of finding the new coach at the Working Committee meeting of the Board.
With the names of Justin Langer and Michael Hussey doing rounds for the coach's job it would be interesting to see whether BCCI indeed goes all out on having a fully home-grown support staff.
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