India news May 24, 2011

Trevor Penney likely to be India fielding coach

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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.

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  • akkhill on May 26, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    i think robin singh should be made feilding coach... if not then sm1 like jhonty rhodes shld be made fieldin coach....

  • NizarBalanNizar on May 25, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    I don't why people are talking about culture. This is a professional sport. Lot of North Indians work in South. A lot of South Indians work in Middle countreis. A lot of foreigns work in India. Do they not have cultural problems? Further, do you think one person should understand the culture of the other 15 members coming from different states and culture? It should be the other way round. If you are professional, you keep aside your personal preferences and fully devote to teh professional you are in.

  • on May 25, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    I don't know why India needs a fielding coach. We got the best fielding in the world at the moment. It's all waste of money and time. We dont need to play these many matches either. Two to three matches a year is surely enough. And they are using such costly bats and balls. Waste. Fielding coach? Ridiculous.

  • on May 25, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    we want some good coaches for indian team (1) A coach for the opening batsmen, (2) a coach for the middle order batting, (3) a coach for the lower order batsmen, (4) a fast bowling coach, (5) a spin bowling coach, (6) a wicket keeping coach , (7) a coach for catching, (8) a coach for fielding and aiming the stumps for run-outs, (9) a coach for helping the batsmen for running between the wickets, (10) a coach for strategies like taking power plays, giving DRS tips, D-L methods during rain interruptions, etc. (11) an overall coach who oversees the entire operations and who talks to the board and media on behalf of the Team India.

  • on May 25, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    i still can't find it why ONE coach is not enough...why he isn't confident enough?? or get ONE like that....

  • kingcobra85 on May 25, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    what is wrong with Robin singh or Ajay Jadeja ? why no Indian qualify to be an Indian coach

  • bharath74 on May 24, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Understanding the culture is vital to know the way things are done in India. Kirsten and John Wright did and had a very successful stints.

  • D.Sharma on May 24, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    A coach coaching a coach.

  • blondblackberry on May 24, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    let's hope he raise indian fielding standards.

  • on May 24, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    all old buddies are joining Indian Team.....i am afraid of team India's future....hope i prove wrong.

  • akkhill on May 26, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    i think robin singh should be made feilding coach... if not then sm1 like jhonty rhodes shld be made fieldin coach....

  • NizarBalanNizar on May 25, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    I don't why people are talking about culture. This is a professional sport. Lot of North Indians work in South. A lot of South Indians work in Middle countreis. A lot of foreigns work in India. Do they not have cultural problems? Further, do you think one person should understand the culture of the other 15 members coming from different states and culture? It should be the other way round. If you are professional, you keep aside your personal preferences and fully devote to teh professional you are in.

  • on May 25, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    I don't know why India needs a fielding coach. We got the best fielding in the world at the moment. It's all waste of money and time. We dont need to play these many matches either. Two to three matches a year is surely enough. And they are using such costly bats and balls. Waste. Fielding coach? Ridiculous.

  • on May 25, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    we want some good coaches for indian team (1) A coach for the opening batsmen, (2) a coach for the middle order batting, (3) a coach for the lower order batsmen, (4) a fast bowling coach, (5) a spin bowling coach, (6) a wicket keeping coach , (7) a coach for catching, (8) a coach for fielding and aiming the stumps for run-outs, (9) a coach for helping the batsmen for running between the wickets, (10) a coach for strategies like taking power plays, giving DRS tips, D-L methods during rain interruptions, etc. (11) an overall coach who oversees the entire operations and who talks to the board and media on behalf of the Team India.

  • on May 25, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    i still can't find it why ONE coach is not enough...why he isn't confident enough?? or get ONE like that....

  • kingcobra85 on May 25, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    what is wrong with Robin singh or Ajay Jadeja ? why no Indian qualify to be an Indian coach

  • bharath74 on May 24, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Understanding the culture is vital to know the way things are done in India. Kirsten and John Wright did and had a very successful stints.

  • D.Sharma on May 24, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    A coach coaching a coach.

  • blondblackberry on May 24, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    let's hope he raise indian fielding standards.

  • on May 24, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    all old buddies are joining Indian Team.....i am afraid of team India's future....hope i prove wrong.

  • on May 24, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    He is surely a good choice but want to remember to all, except India all other countries have specific coach even Bangladesh and Zimbabwe , Penney will help Duncan to keep our team India players fit and solid in field.

  • on May 24, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    How about this: (1) A coach for the opening batsmen, (2) a coach for the middle order batting, (3) a coach for the lower order batsmen, (4) a fast bowling coach, (5) a spin bowling coach, (6) a wicket keeping coach , (7) a coach for catching, (8) a coach for fielding and aiming the stumps for run-outs, (9) a coach for helping the batsmen for running between the wickets, (10) a coach for strategies like taking power plays, giving DRS tips, D-L methods during rain interruptions, etc. (11) an overall coach who oversees the entire operations and who talks to the board and media on behalf of the Team India. So the Indian team would be entering into every match with 22 members (11 players and 11 coaches) against some lesser unfortunate opposition teams who can't afford such luxury.

  • Haleos on May 24, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    @vish57 - I seriously hope u r joking when mentioning Srikanth as coach.

  • howizzat on May 24, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    TeamIndia needs a fielding coach. Penny should do good.

  • on May 24, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    I watched Trevor Penney play for many years at Warwickshire and he was so good, it was joy to watch him field! I certainly wouldn't worry worry about him not being a big 'name' in the game, he's a very nice guy and an excellent coach. I think people often make the mistake that if someone hasn't done it at the top level themselves, they can't provide highly valuable input as a coach. 17 years of county cricket is more than enough experience.

  • virginsangram on May 24, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    GOOD for Indian team.Nowadays BCCI is selecting coaches with low profile images. Hope full this only help in developing good cricket team

  • devagupta on May 24, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    also we need one coach to look after these coaches ..funnny ):

  • CricketChat on May 24, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Fielding coach is mandatory for Indian (all Asian for that matter) team as fielding has always been their weakness. It is always neglected it once the players have some success in their chosen dept (batting/bowling, keeping).

  • on May 24, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Expect Soon A Catching Coach,A Throw Coach,A Wicket Keeping Coach & guess what none of them will be Indian's.Great Job BCCI.

  • bheekuchatri on May 24, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    BCCI should also consider a team-selection Coach ;-)

  • Raki99 on May 24, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    we need a batting coach, a fielding coach, a wicketkeeping coach, a bolwing coach and then a regular coach. when you have a money why not spend it to create a big mess.

  • SasiGladi on May 24, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    I thought India will pick Jonty the trend setter in fielding he made huge difference in MI team (Eg Munaf Fielding) just think what happens South African fielding flavor added in Indian team we will be fully equipped to dominate as we are the world champions......

  • vish57 on May 24, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    Robin deserves to be Indian fielding coach; our obsession to have foreign coach should end now; while we can recruit Gary Kirstan a raw coach few years back as Indian team coach, we can bring in Anil Kumble or Srikanth as Coach; both have good brains to coach Team India; only plus for a foreign coach we see is that regional bias is reduced though not eliminated. Politicians/business house chiefs should move away to get more players as administrators/managers.

  • Jim1207 on May 24, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    @Panzerwagen: How about building a water theme park so youngsters can do all kinds of slides. Anyone can become a good fielder with proper coaching, even Munaf does some miracles nowadays!

  • on May 24, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    Why not Jonty? He has done a great job with Mumbai Indians in IPL.

  • Panzerwagen on May 24, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    You can't teach an old dog new tricks...provide proper outfields for the budding players and see them slide around, the current crop will NEVER do that!!!

  • on May 24, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    How abt Gibbs for fielding coach?

  • on May 24, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    Definitely India need a bowling coach too....

  • on May 24, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    A less known but a very good fielder himself. Hopefully, he is able to bring something out of our players other than poor fielding and family pack abs.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on May 24, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    all the best!. Cricket's batting powerhouse need some excellent fielding lessons too...

  • Amit416 on May 24, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    It will be very hard for any fielding coach to bring out something extraordinary from indian players, especially senior players. But he will be good for younger ones. If he can transform indian oneday side into a good fielding unit then we can easily dominate one day games too :)

  • on May 24, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    Yes Exactly we need field coach very badly... Good move by BCCI

  • on May 24, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    With all due respect to Trevor Penny, this is just obsession for foreign coaches. Robin Singh did an excellent job as Indian fielding coach, and if there is a need for a fielding coach, why not offer the role to Robin Singh himself, coz he has the experience of working with nearly the same bunch of cricketers... That being said, just hoping Penney can make Indian fielding better than what it is.... Good Luck Trevor !!!

  • shaan_write2me on May 24, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Get JHONTY RHODES.... watched Mumbai indians rock on feild....

  • skumar8494 on May 24, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Yes India need fielding coach very badly...Good move

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  • skumar8494 on May 24, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Yes India need fielding coach very badly...Good move

  • shaan_write2me on May 24, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Get JHONTY RHODES.... watched Mumbai indians rock on feild....

  • on May 24, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    With all due respect to Trevor Penny, this is just obsession for foreign coaches. Robin Singh did an excellent job as Indian fielding coach, and if there is a need for a fielding coach, why not offer the role to Robin Singh himself, coz he has the experience of working with nearly the same bunch of cricketers... That being said, just hoping Penney can make Indian fielding better than what it is.... Good Luck Trevor !!!

  • on May 24, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    Yes Exactly we need field coach very badly... Good move by BCCI

  • Amit416 on May 24, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    It will be very hard for any fielding coach to bring out something extraordinary from indian players, especially senior players. But he will be good for younger ones. If he can transform indian oneday side into a good fielding unit then we can easily dominate one day games too :)

  • Fast_Track_Bully on May 24, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    all the best!. Cricket's batting powerhouse need some excellent fielding lessons too...

  • on May 24, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    A less known but a very good fielder himself. Hopefully, he is able to bring something out of our players other than poor fielding and family pack abs.

  • on May 24, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    Definitely India need a bowling coach too....

  • on May 24, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    How abt Gibbs for fielding coach?

  • Panzerwagen on May 24, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    You can't teach an old dog new tricks...provide proper outfields for the budding players and see them slide around, the current crop will NEVER do that!!!