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No home gain in this circus of foreign coaches

india Updated: May 12, 2011 23:55 IST
Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra
Hindustan Times
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Imagine being mentored by the likes of Michael Bevan, Stephen Fleming, Shane Warne and Dav Whatmore. Isn't that an exciting prospect, especially for a rookie playing first-class cricket and trying to get a look-in for national duties. After all, it's not every day that one can grab an opportunity to network with say a Wasim Akram and pick up a trick or two to hone one's skill.

The franchisees, on their part, seem to have gone all the way to ensure that a stalwart tutors the team.
Unfortunately though, this IPL, like the past three editions, seems to be turning that noble intention on its head. With over 50 days of non-stop cricket, where is the time for the coach to evaluate a player's skill and guide accordingly, or for the player to actually make the suggested changes. It eventually boils down to a couple of training sessions and that too, only to get into the groove.

No Leeway For Coach

Is it then, for instance, appropriate to give complete credit to Whatmore and his staff for KKR's turnaround this season, or dismiss Greg Shipperd for DD's bad fortunes?

Doesn't it mean that the teams, which have done well have a better set of players? It would be fair to say that a coach’s report card is as good or bad as the players at his disposal, since the current structure does not allow a coach the leeway to initiate a process.

Yes, he would still be required to provide inputs with regards to strategy and planning but unless he has the personnel to execute those plans to perfection under pressure, he would come a cropper.

Redefine Roles
It's about time for the franchisees to redefine the roles of their coaching staff in which their duties extend beyond
the IPL.

Since they're shelling out big money to obtain their services, it is just to use their potential to the optimum.

In the current structure, all the franchisees seem to be doing precious little to unearth or groom talent on their own.
While the presence of their scouts for all domestic T20 tournaments is a given, none of them has gone beyond the obvious and relatively easier way of scouting talent.

Since most of them dream of becoming the Manchester United of the cricketing world, it’s worth having a look at how they ensure a healthy feeder