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Prabhakar sacked as Delhi coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 2, 2011

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Manoj Prabhakar, Delhi's bowling coach, jogs during a practice session at the Wankhede Stadium ahead of the Ranji Trophy tie against Mumbai, November 21, 2007
Manoj Prabhakar was upset at not being consulted about the selection of the Delhi team © Mid-Day
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Manoj Prabhakar, the former India allrounder, has been sacked as Delhi's coach two days before the start of the 2011-12 Ranji Trophy season because he made critical comments about the players and selectors.

"He made comments against players and selectors and it hasn't gone down well with them. It has created a rift in the team," said Delhi's chief selector Chetan Chauhan told Hindustan Times. Chauhan said Prabhakar would not be reinstated, although no replacement was named. Assistant coach Sanjeev Sharma will take charge of the team ahead of their first match against Haryana.

Delhi failed to make the quarter-finals of last year's Ranji Trophy and Prabhakar had said he did not have much hope this season either. "I won't accept any blame whatever the outcome of this season's campaign is, because I was not even consulted when the team was named by the selection committee," Prabhakar told the Indian Express. "Last year when I joined as coach, I thought I could build a new team with fresh faces. This season I tried to bring in new ideas and new thinking but most of them have been rejected."

Prabhakar had also been critical of Delhi batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Unmukt Chand for their approach during practice. "Shikhar is one of the senior most batsmen in the side but he doesn't look like he wants to treasure his wicket.

"My biggest concern is that the batsmen don't seem to be willing to learn. They are not open to new suggestions and don't want to fine-tune their game. Everyone wants to play his own game but that doesn't work in a team.

"I am worried about Unmukt. This season is going to be a big test for him. But he hasn't hit a single ball with a straight bat. Is he playing baseball? It is high time he realised that there is a big difference between U-19 and domestic cricket."

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Posted by scitra on (November 4, 2011, 10:15 GMT)

It is likely that Prabhakar would have shared all this to the players directly and also to the selectors. It is also likely that selectors would not have agreed to Prabhakar. Prabhakar would have defended his view when he would have been sacked. Once he is sacked, when the media approached him, he might have told truth behind his getting sacked. Therefore, wondering whom to be blamed!!! Players? or Selectors? or Prabhakar?

Posted by   on (November 3, 2011, 14:34 GMT)

What? That's the right thing to say? I can't believe you guys are supporting Prabhakar in this. Since when is talking to the media about your players' weaknesses the right thing to do? If you have a problem with your player's attitude, go talk to him and try to set it right. Still doesn't work? - drop him! Don't go to the media with complaints - juvenile! What Prabhakar said might be factually correct - but that's not the contention here. You never go to the media with comments on your players - that's an indication of the broken communication between the coach and the players - period!

Posted by   on (November 3, 2011, 8:25 GMT)

i do not see anything wrong in what Prabhakar has said. He is infact 100% correct. Why punish him for speaking the right stuff ?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2011, 18:25 GMT)

I agree with Mr.Prabhakar. Its sheer indian attitude, when somebody like your coach (guru) says something, nobody will be ready to listen. IPL is ruining cricket in india. This is just the right example of it. Money has brought the arrogance and ego on these young players... They feel cricket is about hitting every ball, but that doesnt work in reality... Apart from the indian international players can we finger count players playing in IPL, who can survive 90 overs (1 day in test cricket). I bet there chaps can hardly play 20 - 25 overs. There is quality in batting (no text book shots). I doubt if in future we would be able to see an indian batsman with Dravid class.

Posted by kingcobra85 on (November 2, 2011, 15:05 GMT)

chetan chauhan should be sacked...He is opinionated on everything.Its either his way or no way

Posted by   on (November 2, 2011, 14:41 GMT)

well said sir...the Younger guys just tend to want to play T20 only, not concentrating on other forms of the game. The way he has described Unmukt technique is quite funny "is he playing baseball?"

Posted by   on (November 2, 2011, 13:39 GMT)

Manoj... Might have some points but as coach your job is to motivate rather than make public statement on individual players. If you are incapable of explaining the mistakes, one-on-one basis, then you are not fit to be a coach. Talking of team sprit...Manoj should be the last person to make comment on: During his playing days for the country, he would bat whole hartedly only as an opener or high up the order. When asked bat lower... he would bat like a typical tailender. He was quite committed to himself. One can look at the record books... it will speak volumes. This said... I find still selectors at all levels seems to involve coaches in the selection process...I would support Manoj in that respect.

Posted by AbAdvani on (November 2, 2011, 11:57 GMT)

Prabhakar is right. Unfortunately IPL has inflated the egos of some of our young cricketers and made them financially so sound that they have stopped listening to good advice from a seasoned pro (who was far talented than most of them)

Posted by   on (November 2, 2011, 11:04 GMT)

i completely agree with prabhakar.

Posted by indianzen on (November 2, 2011, 9:04 GMT)

looks like we need foreign coaches for state teams too...

Posted by   on (November 2, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

Whatever may have been his faults, Manoj was a quality player. If he has to handle the team, he ought to have been consulted which is what Mumbai has been doing this season.

Posted by Farce-Follower on (November 2, 2011, 8:17 GMT)

Manoj Prabhakar has a point. How can a team be selected without his consent? Anyway this is Delhi - huge egos and fragile diplomacy.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2011, 7:42 GMT)

This what happens when you speak the fact.Mr.Prabhakar has nothing to lose if he is sacked,its the team and the team members who are in the loss.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2011, 7:04 GMT)

Diplomacy, and nothing else, works in Indian Cricket.

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