IPL news July 5, 2010

Geoff Marsh named Pune coach

Cricinfo staff

Geoff Marsh, the former Australian opener, has been appointed coach of the Sahara Pune Warriors, one of the two new IPL franchises which will join the competition next season. Marsh's coaching credentials include overseeing Australia's march to the title in the 1999 World Cup and being in charge of Zimbabwe between 2001 and 2004.

Marsh said his primary task as coach would be to mould a team out of a group of players from different countries. "The team winning [the] IPL have done this very well," he told PTI. They played as a team and gel together. That's the role of a coach and we will be working on that."

He will be assisted by former England allrounder Dermot Reeve, whose most recent assignment was a year coaching New Zealand's Twenty20 champions Central Districts.

Marsh's connection to the IPL so far had been through his two sons - Shaun and Mitchell - who participated in the tournament this season. Shaun, 26, shot to international prominence with a glut of runs in the inaugural season for Kings XI Punjab with whom he stayed for two more years, while Mitchell, 18, played a handful of matches for Deccan Chargers this season.

Pune do not have a squad of players yet, and any strategy by the new coaching staff for building a team can be made only after the IPL governing council decides whether the original eight franchises will get to retain players.

However, Sahara chairman Subrata Roy said he hopes all the players would be available at the auction to give the two new franchises a fair chance. "We feel that the two new teams should get a [level] playing field. The rules said that each team can retain maximum four players. We want that there should be an open auction so teams are balanced.

"Teams should be more competitive and hope that we will get a chance to select from all the available players from the country and abroad."

Roy also said Pune plans to focus on selecting players from Uttar Pradesh "We have very promising youngsters. As more than 35 players are to be selected in the team, players from UP will definitely get priority and special consideration would be given to them."

Outside of the IPL season, Roy intends to take the team to other countries to play exhibition matches. "They will travel to the other countries like Latin America to promote cricket as so many countries are eager to develop the game there after Twenty20."

The Sahara group, one of the biggest patrons of sports in the country, became owners of the Pune franchise in March after bidding a staggering US$370m.

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  • rko on July 7, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    Thanx Psram for agreeing with me, I love those lines said in the world cup 2010 anthem, 'See the champions take the field now, You define us, make us feel proud..In the streets our heads are lifting, every looser inhibition, Celebration is surround us, Every nation all around us.' These lines say it all, for those who does not know the value of sports, and the one over here who is comparing Cricket to bollywood.....

  • Steve on July 6, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Dermot Reeve, eh? I presume Pune won't be picking up Ravi Bopara's contract then?

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    I donno what Modi has done to IPL?? People have gone really mad and senseless over him!!! Modi Supporters, please concentrate on ur careers!!

  • psram on July 6, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    well said RKO_Rules.............

  • laxman on July 6, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    An excellent move to bring in low profile Marsh and Reeves as coaches. SAHARA knew its cricket well. Even BCCI could not think of Marsh. Exodus of UP players from other franchisee is also on the cards? Will Suresh Raina become the captain? Ipersonally feel that it should be either Yuvraj or Sehwag as both of them are not happy with their present franchisee.

  • Chetan on July 6, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    In the IPLwood not bollywood Modi is the villan..we loved his style and idaloge but we will miss him...he is a hero but director and prducer of IPLwood made him villan and he has to die in this movie and next season... Heros are Sharad Power, Shashank and Srinivasan without any heroines....but lof of influence and money....

  • NoneOf on July 6, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    bring back modi plz. we need the creator.

  • rko on July 5, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    What a ridiculous, senseless, joking and childish comment by the person who thinks that if there wont be entertainment factor in IPL or twenty20, Cricket would be boring. Cricket itself is the baap of all. Nothing is bigger than Cricket, at least in India. I think people who love masala more than sports, are a bit feminine. A true man would always understand what it takes to be a sportsman, its true value and pride for your country. Sportsman are the real and the biggest heroes alongside soldiers.

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    hate 2 say though i will miss MODI this IPL...

  • Bryn on July 5, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    marsh should pack the new franchise full of west aussie players

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