India news February 26, 2014

Dawes might not make it to World Cup with India


Kalra: No surprise if India cut Dawes

Bowling coach Joe Dawes is not guaranteed an extension when the contracts of the Indian coaching staff are reviewed after the World Twenty20 in March. The way things stand now, heading into an important BCCI working committee - and things can suddenly change in the BCCI - head coach Duncan Fletcher and fielding coach Trevor Penney are likely to get an extension till the 2015 World Cup, but Dawes could end up paying for India bowlers' mediocre performance away from home. In another big development, an Indian could be appointed assistant coach of the side.

The BCCI's working committee, which will meet in Bhubaneswar on Friday, is set to discuss restructuring the national team's coaching staff. The contracts of Fletcher, Penney and Dawes run out at the end of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. All the coaches have received severe criticism from experts following the team's terrible run away from home - India ended both their tour of South Africa and New Zealand winless.

However, the proximity of the 2015 World Cup is likely to work in favour of Fletcher and Penney. Despite India's solitary win in 15 away Tests under Fletcher, the team's overall record in all formats during his tenure is decent. A BCCI insider confirmed that most of the BCCI bigwigs are "quite happy" with the way Fletcher and Penney have been handling the team.

However Dawes, who came on board at the end of India's disastrous tour to Australia in 2011-12, seems to have lost the confidence of the BCCI top brass with the Indian bowling consistently faltering in various conditions.

The BCCI hasn't been mulling over a like-for-like replacement for Dawes. Instead of a bowling coach, the appointment of an Indian as assistant coach is being discussed. A BCCI insider revealed the move would take into consideration the availability of "top coaches in India now".

"That wasn't the case ten years ago, so we had to resort to foreigners. If the board agrees to appoint an Indian as assistant coach, it is possible we might see an Indian as the head coach in the future," he said.

The last time an Indian was a part of the national team's coaching staff was when Robin Singh and Venkatesh Prasad served as fielding and bowling coach, respectively, in the early days of Gary Kirsten's stint as the India coach. Both Singh and Prasad were unceremoniously sacked in October 2009. Prior to that, former India opener Lalchand Rajput served as the assistant coach before Kirsten took over. After having worked as the cricket manager during the inaugural World Twenty20 in September 2007 and the limited-overs series at home against Australia in October-November 2007, Rajput was appointed the assistant coach for the 2007-08 tour to Australia.

Rajput, now in charge of the BCCI's batting academy, is one of the three frontrunners for the post. The other two candidates that are being considered are former allrounder Sanjay Bangar and former pace bowler Bharat Arun. While Bangar was in charge of the India A squad for the home series against West Indies and New Zealand last year, Arun was the NCA's chief bowling coach for well over two years before he resigned last year. Arun has also been in charge of the India Under-19 team for three years.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • android_user on March 1, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Need of t hour- 1. find a spinbowli coach(indian), 2.replace duncan with someone young lik andyflowr, 3.select10 top young pacrs nd giv them oppurtunity in t eng nd aus tours.4. shift testcaptaincy to kohli,reduce dhonis burden.5. Benchstrength must be testd instead of carryi drinks.6.bowlrs need to work on revrseswing nd yorkers wit help of wasim or waqar.7.encourage bowlrs wit pace lik umesh nd varun,dont discard aft1 bad perfomance.8.Try to find a fastbowli alroundr(rishidawan needs a lok in)9.horses for courses,choose gambir for test nd w.cup.. giv pujara nd rahane a longrun in odis10. presrve ishant nd umesh for tests nd ishwar needs a lok in immediatly.11.our tailendrs shud be taught propr defense nd shud contribute wit t bat12. PLEASE DONT PLAY CRONIES IN T TEAM,GIVEVERYONE OPPURTUNITYIN T 11

  • Coolcapricorn on February 27, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    Really don't know how good a job Dawes is doing but I think it is expedient by the BCCI to make him a scapegoat for India's bowling woes & ineptitude!The fault lies squarely with 1] the selectors for largely picking the same old bowling failures squad after squad & 2] MSD again for choosing these same old failures in his first eleven & doesn't even a single opportunity to other new or talented bowlers like Pandey or Mishra from his squad - even in a dead rubber match - even though he loses match after match due to our mediocre bowling! The way he sticks to his bowling favourites despite all these losses, anyone could be fooled into thinking we have a team full of world class bowlers! Unfortunately, I can't see anything changing soon & we are again going to get walloped on our forthcoming tours to England & Australia. English players like Cook & Bell can again make merry in making loads of runs & boosting up their own batting averages after their recent disastrous Ashes series.

  • bansal12 on February 27, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    I feel that we should have an Indian Head Coach along with specialist coaches for bowling and fielding. We also have to change our selection process and the zone base selectors / selections have to be dispensed with immediately. We have to select few bowlers and work with them before throwing them in the international matches be it limited overs or test matches. But what is most important is the standard of wickets being prepared in India. I am not at all advocating that when a foreign team comes we should not have a spin friendly wicket. Definitely we should, but for that we should have quality spinners also. Also what we have today is only batsmen friendly wickets, just to allow more and more runs spinning monet for board. Number two, we should have some grounds, where the pitches support the fast bowling with cold atmosphere,which helps swing bowling at least for domestic matches and for training the players. India definitely have such places, what is required is Honest Intention.

  • wapuser on February 27, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Why bcci giving big salaries to the coaches When all the decisions takes by and his favourite players .

  • Sunman81 on February 27, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    India's problem was due to the fact that they stick with the same set of bowlers who failed to learn from their mistakes... how can a bowling coach be responsible for that... It's the think tank that needs to be changed... Sacking Fletcher and trying Kohli's captaincy in the test match will yield some result for india..

  • dummy4fb on February 27, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    Indian cricket team, It's really difficult to retain the world cup, still the team did not find world class seamers like dale steyn, mitchel johnson, even v r having a young talenders. fannie de villers is the best option for bowling coach for seamers, Shane warne is the better choice for spinners, Lance klusner is a choice for fielding coach, stephen fleming for a team coach for over all... Otherwise retaining a world cup is nightmare.

  • dummy4fb on February 27, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    I feel not only Dawes we have to change Head Coach also mr.fletcher and take new coach for bowling in abroad other wise our indian coach can't improve bowling skill in foreign pitches because we are struggling there only almost here it could be improve by bowler itself if they work under good coach.

  • Smart_animesh on February 27, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    BCCI at first sack MSD who does not believe in giving chances to young fast bowlers and continue to play useless bowlers like Ishant and Zaheer(too old).. Please appoint a spin bowling coach too as our current spinners are pathetic to say the least...

  • crinform on February 27, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    So at last, India could win on the foreign soil!.....But is it really foreign? India, Pakistan & Bangladesh were really parts of the British not much meaning in the phrase Foreign Soil. Congrats to Kohli for his brilliant century and the spectacular win over Bangladesh. One thing is very clear from this game. India is not having international -level quality bowlers - either seamers or spinners at present.......perhaps with the exception of Shami. Aaron is fast....but what about his line, length and ability to make the batsmen to err? Both he and Umesh Yadav - both should be under the coaching of a real fast bowler atleast in the caliber of our own Kapil Dev till next world cup in 2015. If this is not done, India will be a failure in WC in Australia / Newzealand. Along with them Iswar Pandey & Rishi Dhavan also should be with them.None of the present spinners are going to be younger and energetic enough to act as a strike bowler in ODI. Try Kuldeep Yadav or Deepak hooda.

  • vishwa369 on February 27, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    change the head coach and give opportunity to Lance Klusener he succeed well as coach this year.

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