Former Australia opener Geoff Marsh was quite excited about his new role as head coach of the Sahara Pune Warriors IPL team and didn't take time to admire the money-spinning league.
"IPL is a fantastic opportunity for young cricketers to showcase their talent before the world, and my sole mission is to form a winning combination," Marsh, who was named head coach on Monday, said.
The former coach of the Australian World Cup winning side of 1999 said though he would be coaching a T20 side for the first time, he was ready for bigger challenges.
"I love challenges and I am sure I can handle them," Marsh said, adding, "This form of cricket has generated a new atmosphere in the world of sport."
On the future of Test cricket, Marsh said, "Any format of the game cannot kill Test cricket, and I feel that continuous public support for Test cricket is a proof of that."
Asked about the team he would be coaching in the IPL and the challenges it will face, especially in the selection of big names, Marsh said his franchise was hoping the BCCI would give them a level-playing field and that all the players would be allowed to go into open auction.
Former England all-rounder, Dermot Reeve, who was appointed assistant coach of the Pune Warriors, too was delighted. "It's going to be very exciting. I have played six-a-side cricket, but here every ball is going to be an event," said Reeve, who played 29 ODIs, including the World Cup final in 1992.
"I would do my best as assistant coach and I am pretty sure about Pune Warriors' success in IPL-4," added Reeve, who was the New Zealand team's bowling coach in the 2008 T20 World Cup.
‘I will use my veto’
While announcing the appointment of Marsh and Reeve on Monday evening, Sahara India's managing worker and chairman, Subrata Roy, said he would use his veto to give enough representation to cricketers from Uttar Pradesh in the Pune Warriors team at the time of selection.
"We don't have facilities to conduct IPL matches in UP, but it doesn't mean that UP cricketers would be ignored.
“We have many talented junior cricketers, who can do wonders in IPL," he said.