India news May 24, 2011

Trevor Penney likely to be India fielding coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Trevor Penney, the former Sri Lanka assistant coach, is one of the first men India's new coach Duncan Fletcher is likely to bring on board. A BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo Penney was likely to be appointed as India's fielding coach. Penney, 42, worked in a similar capacity, albeit in a part-time role, with Fletcher for England in 2005 before moving to Sri Lanka to be Tom Moody's assistant.

India have been without a fielding coach since Robin Singh was relieved from the post two years ago. Mike Young, who till recently was Australia's fielding coach, worked with India as a consultant for about a month in late 2009, but there were no permanent appointments made.

If appointed, Penney is likely to join the squad from the West Indies tour, which begins on June 4.

An excellent fielder during his 17-year playing career with English county Warwickshire, Penney remained fit enough to be named among England's substitute fielders for the 2005 Ashes, when he was 37 years old. He sparked controversy by coming onto the field repeatedly for England's fast bowlers.

When Moody decided to move to Western Australia after his Sri Lanka stint, Penney joined him there and later worked as Moody's deputy at IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab. Interestingly, Penney was named as one of the candidates for the post of Sri Lanka coach after Sri Lanka Cricket decided not to renew Trevor Bayliss' contract after the 2011 World Cup.