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'Testing time for Greg is to come now'

Amarnath said performance in Pakistan would be the real test of the merit of his coaching.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 23:12 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Known for his apathy towards foreign coaches, former India international Mohinder Amarnath on Friday said the ongoing Pakistan series would be the 'testing time' for coach Greg Chappell.

"I think the testing time (for Chappell) is coming now. We have to wait and see how the team plays in the rest of the matches in Pakistan," Amarnath, who himself was an aspirant for the coach's job along with the Aussie great, said.

While declining to comment on Chappell's coaching methods, Amarnath said the initial success of the team under his stewardship was on the domestic soil and the performance in Pakistan would be the real test of the merit of his coaching.

Amarnath, who was here to conduct a coaches' clinic organised by the Cricket Association of Bengal, reiterated his apathy towards foreign coaches.

Sharing the dais with former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, a key member of the panel that selected Chappell, Amarnath said "I am the last person to encourage foreign coaches. Why do you underestimate our own people? We understand the languages, emotions, cultures of the players much better."

While evading a direct reply to questions on controversies centeringaround Sourav Ganguly and hisomission from the ODI squad, Amarnath said "you should ask the selection committee and the coach ... Being an outsider I don't know what is happening in the dressing room. But there should not be any controversy within the team."

About the sagging form of batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, Amarnath said "I don't think this is the end of his career."

First Published: Feb 10, 2006 23:12 IST