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'India may not require a foreign coach'

Greg Chappell says the team do not need a foreign coach as anybody with skills to streamline players' development could be useful for the job.

cricket Updated: Oct 06, 2007 22:21 IST

Former India coach Greg Chappell said the team did not need a foreign coach as anybody with skills to streamline players' development could be useful for the job.

Chappell said the process which he started during his tenure should be carried forward.

"It's not necessary to have a foreign coach. I think you need someone to manage the process of player development. It's an ongoing thing. Just because you reach the international level that does not mean your development stops.

"I mean in many cases, it's the start of the development process. The work which was put into the players over three years was a very important part of the way they are right now and if you stop that work, the development process is going to drop off," Chappell told CNN-IBN.

"Who the person is is irrelevant as long as the right person is there and he can continue that management process of development of individuals and the team. I think anyone who thinks that you don't need someone to manage that process does not really understand much about it," he said.

The Aussie, however, declined to coach the Indian team if the offer came his way once again.

"No, I had a wonderful opportunity and wonderful experience and honour to coach India at international level. It's a very demanding role with any team. The amount of international cricket is being played, the amount od travel that goes on, it's probably a young man's game," he said.

"To go on would mean to go on for a number of years because there was always going to be a generational change around this time, so I was not the right person to do that. I want to have a balance in my life. I like to have cricket in it, but it would not be at the international level," he said.

Hailing new Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership abilities, Chappell said the Jharkhand player was emerging as a good captain and the team had "got a leader for a long time."