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.

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  • akhil 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....

  • Nizar 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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....

  • Arulprakash 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.

  • Deep on May 24, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    A coach coaching a coach.

  • karthy on May 24, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    let's hope he raise indian fielding standards.

  • Dummy4 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.

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