India news February 26, 2014

Dawes might not make it to World Cup with India

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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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  • 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.

  • on February 27, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Why bcci giving big salaries to the coaches When all the decisions takes by mr.msd 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..

  • 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.

  • 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 India......so 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.

  • 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.

  • on February 27, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Why bcci giving big salaries to the coaches When all the decisions takes by mr.msd 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..

  • 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.

  • 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 India......so 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.

  • on February 27, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    I cannot believe Fletcher will survive. Dawes has to go.. no doubt there is not a lot of bowling talent to work with. But just to let Ashwin go with this new ridiculous bowling action.. that is just a good enough reason to sack him!

  • switchmitch on February 27, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    Bowling coach is the fall guy. What can he do if the bowlers are completely inept. Ishant has been useless forever, it is not Dawes' fault. Change the bowlers and not the coach...

  • on February 27, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    Good to see Varun Aaron bowling above 145 constantly now he only needs to work on his line and length without reducing pace if he does that he will be steyn for India.Now it is up to coach and captain to back him and increase his confidence.

  • on February 27, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    The great Kapil Dev could be the best choice among other Indian.

  • Vikram_Rathore on February 27, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Wasim Akram is probably the better option, although it is possible that he would favor left arm seamers alone, and consequently bestow little or no attention to right arm seamers and spinners!

  • Rahul_78 on February 27, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    I dont know how much the sacking of Joe Dawes is going to help. Fletcher and his entourage has always been hidden behind the scene and even media is not able to enlighten the public about their contributions which is well hidden behind the iron gates of BCCI. India's bowling problem seems to be generated by the poor team selection and captaincy of MSD.Conceding 300 plus scores and 100 plus partnerships has become a norm by Indian bowlers. Reason lies with continuous selection of Ashwin and Jadeja who both have tried to be economical in the middle overs and seems to have given up on taking wickets. This also results in India mostly conceding 100 plus runs in last 10 overs as opposition has steady partnerships built in the middle overs and plenty of wickets in hand to launch an onslaught. This statergy and continuous selection of non performers shows complete lack of faith by the captain on his bench strength. India needs a new Captain rather then bowling coach to change the fortunes

  • AB-50 on February 27, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    As a matter of fact,the entire coaching staff needs change.But the bowling coach should be immediately replaced & Wasim Akram's name comes to my mind,especially since he was the Sultan of swing bowling & had dominated all batsmen across the world and was such an effective & clever 'death bowler'. Also,he is quite familiar with most of the Indian bowlers,Zak in particular,whom he had given inputs,a few years ago.

  • vijeeta on February 27, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    Please bring some real fast bowler as bowling coach, not any one who can revolve his arms and pitch the ball.

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    Abroad tours we shuld play two 4 day practice matches instead of one 2 day matches nd BCCI shuld plan properly abroad tours including more practice matches fr indian team..

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    First we shuld change our coaching staff which has been failing to deliver single test win in abroad, we shuld select as bowling coach shaun pollack or fanie devilliers( South africa his oneday economy rate is 3.60) then we shuld select specialist batting coach as a Dravid or dean jones or justine langer. We shuld allow our bowlers nd batsmens to play English counties this is the only chance a bowler to become good bowler lik wasim,waqar,zaheer,srinath,kumble,philander,donald,pollack,steyn,morkel,junaid khan,ajmal,

  • linguboy on February 27, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    @All those asking for great fast bowlers need to take step back and think of it. Great bowler doesn't make a great coach. MIKE HESSON - NZ how much they have improved under him uh??? Was he a great??? NO. PENNY was one of the best fielders in his playing days. We need a good bowling coach with international experience but not a Great fast bowler. SANJAY BANGAR seems good choice to me since his association with KXIP has really made them pick some good players in the IPL auction. Fletcher is good at batsman's technical abilities and good tactician. Its a team full of youngsters who need technical assistance while playing in foreign conditions so no wonder if they decide to persist with him. Slip catching will only come with experience even though you practice vehemently. But our bowlers are young and they need all the guidance they can get. So a bowling coach with international experience will definitely help. Remember Money doesn't buy you everything.

  • GRVJPR on February 27, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    This is pathtic move. Net World Cup in Australia and Dawes should stay. Poor captaincy has made bowling look poor.

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    my choice fanie devillers from sa, he is best in setting up batsman

  • natarsx on February 27, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    Shaun Pollock should be the Bowling coach and in another couple of year's time it should be Zaheer khan.

    TA Sekar is also a good option - has got tremendous exp. as a coach running the MRF pace foundation, but he is caught in the web of politics.

  • on February 27, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Please get Bruce Reid back !! He was the single best assistant coach during India's australian tour !! remember the adelaide win !!

  • Viratkohlirocks on February 27, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    Get anew indian coach but have an expert fast bowling coach, like maybe and this wont happen but how about glenn mcgrath! Wasim akram can coach, but he will want to do pak

  • Bat-an-Bowl on February 27, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    I would like to see Venkatesh Prasad back as bowling coach after he has had success with Inaugural world T20 and a tour to Aus were Zak and Ishant were at there best at that time.

  • sid2677 on February 27, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    Trust the BCCI to take some of the most ridiculous decisions. What will the appointment of an assistant coach achieve? What is needed is a really good bowling coach, doesn't matter if Indian or not. If someone is not ready to commit full time, hire a consultant for a short period.

  • Nampally on February 27, 2014, 2:10 GMT

    Yes the Indian Bowling was rather disastrous & I won't be surprised if the Bowling Coach is Axed! I also like to see Venkatesh Prasad as a better coach than Dawes- being a fast Bowler who did well for India. He was also the Bowling Coach under Kirsten. India has Bowlers with good pace but lack control on Line. Length & Direction. In Aaron, Yadev, Shami, Ishant & Pandey India has 5 bowlers who can consistently bowl between 135 & 150 KPH. This is as good as any other Western Nation's fast bowlers in pace except may be the OZ pacers. But due to their erratic bowling they do not get wkts. & are leaking runs @ >7/over. What has Dawes done to improve this aspect in last 2 years?Indian Fans have been demanding for Coaching camps for Bowlers for the past 2 years but to no avail. Many Fans have also been giving common sense instructions in the Cricinfo comments where the bowlers should be bowling. So the lack lustre bowling has been a long standing problem & has gone uncorrected far too long!

  • Johnny_129 on February 27, 2014, 0:59 GMT

    BCCI seems to have a real liking for Fletcher - He must have come cheap!? Ever since Flecture came in as 'coach' India has not only made zero progress but they have gradually gone backwards! BOTH bowling and head coach MUST GO!! India can kiss the WC goodbye!

  • indianzen on February 27, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    We have lot of money form IPL, why don't we have coaches for every department ? Akram who is very ready and can be assisted by Zaheer and Venky Prasad can coach fast bowling, while Trevor and Robin Singh can take care of fielding, Kumble can coach the spinners, Fletcher assisted by WV Raman and Rajput for batting...

  • on February 26, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    Can someone replace N Srinivasan pls he does not have common sense and is a pretty controversial figure. They are the board with most money and have the worst coaching staff.

  • on February 26, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    Vaas McDermott Donald have done wonders for their teams .Joe Dawes? did he ever play cricket. Penny ? Not worth a penny and fletcher is too old.Get Srinath Kapil or Zaheer as they are only noteworthy pacers from India. It would be too selfless for Zaheer to retire and accompany team as bowling coach. No one will do that.Hope whoever comes changes sharmas attitude as he said he was the same bowler in 2008 2011 and 2014.If coach can't solve basic problems like this he is of no use.

  • Vijay_P_S on February 26, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    BCCI's best chance to address fast bowling debacles is NOW. Even if you just listen to people like Michael Holding or Wasim Akram on commentary you can learn a thing or two about fast bowling. They know exactly what a fast bowler is doing wrong and what needs to be done. We need brains like that. If money is not the lacking then what is? will??

  • on February 26, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    They should get a bowling coach, assistant coach or no assistant coach. The BCCI has the resources, should look to get the best of the lot. Lillee/McDermott/Streak........ Akram could have been quite handy but that might be entangled in the political scenario. Any possibility of getting Shane Bond?

  • on February 26, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    BCCI do ask Wasim Akram if possible.

  • InsideHedge on February 26, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    This is an opportunity for me to use the word "flabbergasted" which my American friends always find amusing.

    I'm flabbergasted that Fletch/Trev will receive an extension despite unacceptable performances over a lengthy period of time. Just what does it take to get sacked these days? :) I bet football coaches/managers would view the proceedings with great envy.

    When Eng toured India last, the UK Sky cameras displayed images of Sandeep Patil apparently wagging his finger at Fletch. I figured those images were misleading, it was Indian mannerism really. The pundits in the studio were sure that Patil was giving an inappropriate public dressing down to the former England coach. They needn't have been so concerned. The entire Indian coaching staff has been increasing their bank balance at a healthy rate.

  • ramz30380 on February 26, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    I had already mentioned in this site that Wasim Akram must be given the job and freedom to choose bowlers across the domestic circuit and train them independently.

    BCCI can afford to hire the services of such experts who have been venomous fast bowlers during their prime - this will help in the younger breed respecting them as well as getting trained properly.

    Wasim was the one who kept insisting about Shami's talent when he wasnt even a regular in the KKR side. Now its for every one to see that Shami is an effective fast bowler...

    Zaheer can be considered once he retires but not till then...

  • on February 26, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    sanjay bangar is gud option as he has played at the international level and being a allrounder can help to groom budding allrounders.

  • on February 26, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Show ur power BCCI....bring the fast bowling coaches from the land of Caribbean...ideally BCCI should help all the Ranji teams with top notch fast bowling coaches......let the next gen Indian players know the passion of pace.

  • on February 26, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Should bring in aggressive pacers from the land of Carrebian......doubt Holding will agree.......should try Bishop or Ambrose

  • on February 26, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    Team Coach - Anil Kumble, Gary Kirsten, Joe Bloke, anybody is fine except Fletcher. bowling coach - Zaheer Khan OR Wasim Akram.

  • ProdigyA on February 26, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Long overdue. This guy has not contributed anything to Indian cricket but also made matters worse.

    When India lost 8-0 to Eng and Aus, they should have terminated Duncan, Dawes, and more importantly Dhoni from the Test team.

    I wonder why so many restrictions on the coaches to come to the media and comment. They need to give explanations for their roles in the team, their should be accountability.

  • on February 26, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    We definitely need an indian bowling coach. I think kapil dev would fantastic. Can't think of anybody better than him at the moment. BCCI should also sack Duncan Fletcher and get a new Indian coach in which would be fantastic

  • on February 26, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Players like coaches who leave them in their comfort zones. Duncan fits that criteria quite well. What BCCI know is what the players say. That explain the continued presence of Uncle Duncan.

    I will still give anyone a penny for their thoughts as to why they want Mr Penney to be around. Yes he is always available for throw downs; but that can be done by physical trainer, masseur, or anyone whose hands don't get tired very fast! Big deal!

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    With Prasad and Robin doing brilliantly and then sacked, I'd hope for an Indian turning down the ridiculous BCCI's offer.

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    The only surprise is why BCCI took so such time to recognize this truth about Dawes.

    So many ordinary cricket lovers had been crying out loud about our coaching unit being not worth the money; for more than a year. The biggest surprise is NOT to recognize that the big "emperor isn't good;. We took Fletcher on Kirsten's recommendation. And, on past history. But do we have to continue bearing with this coach, even after repeatedly showing "nothing special".

    A penny for BCCI's thoughts. Why keep Penny? Such a pound-foolish idea!

    Zak would make a decent coach for our pace battery. They look up to him. And many emerging pacers from smaller towns can understand coaching in Hindi, better.

    Spinners don't need a coach. During breaks, they have to show some humility and aproach veterans like Prasanna & Bedi. I am sure; they will only be too glad to help the youngsters. I am not so sure about Kumble giving that much time; with all my respects to the great Kumble!

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Com'on bcci go for Anil kumble!

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    i think current bowling coach in not good enough for the improvement of indian bowling so i think BCCI should someone who has no very big reputation in world cricket & should also be a decent bowler. in my opinion Ausie M Kasprowich & South Africa's F. De villiers are good candidate. BCCI should consult them

  • viru-319-219 on February 26, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    I believe there should be change in entire team management before WC2015 and captain after WC2015. BCCI should appoint either an Aussie or SAfrican as a bowling coach until WC. They will know the best lenghts to bowl on bouncy AUS and NZ tracks. McGrath or Moody or Pollock should be consulted. Rhodes should be consulted as fielding coach. He doesn't like misfields and dropping catches and Indian players need some one to teach them that.Our top fielders drop catches :( An Indian batsman (May be Gavaskar) should be made batting coach as he has a better idea of our batsmen technique at domestic level and can help them make necessary adjustments on away tours. Anil Kumble or Ganguly should be made team manager and they should be given active role in team selection, game tactics and managing coaching staff.

    I know getting these guys is not easy but with kind of money BCCI has they can make a deal with the best :)

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    ridiculous that fletcher and penny are getting extensions....absurd this is...even considering the world cup is a year away

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Best person to replace is Zaheer Khan...if not as player why not as coach. Knows his juniors better than anyone and has a considerable amount of International experience.

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Bring 'the' Sourav Ganguly as the Head Coach & Anil Kumble as the Bowling Coach.

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    @shahzaibq Venkatesh Prasad already had a stint as Indian bowling coach and under his tutelage many promising young fast bowlers lost their way. He is partly responsible for the predicament Indian pace bowling is in right now. An Indian assistant coach isn't a bad idea but I would still look for a foreign bowling coach, one with proven credentials as a top level player and coach. Not another no-name like Dawes.

  • Rajeshj on February 26, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Quite strange to hear that Indian seam bowling has not improved recently.. I think Dawes showed results with rookie bowlers like Shami, Bhuvaneshwar etc. Our seam bowlers bowled well in patches at least... But, Fletcher has not been questioned.. which is a big surprise.. I don't think other cricketing boards would have tolerated so much of bad results..

  • on February 26, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    I would seriously recommend Anil kumble for that post! he is a sungg character and proved performer at the international arena! it would also help our bowlers especially spinners. so all in all if will be good mentor. cheers!

  • shahzaibq on February 26, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Bring in Venkatesh Prasad as the assistant coach... He's an experienced coach, an ex-international, and a pace bowler who knew what his limitations were... He might be able to turn around the shambles that is currently passing around as the Indian pace bowling line-up.

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  • shahzaibq on February 26, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    Bring in Venkatesh Prasad as the assistant coach... He's an experienced coach, an ex-international, and a pace bowler who knew what his limitations were... He might be able to turn around the shambles that is currently passing around as the Indian pace bowling line-up.

  • on February 26, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    I would seriously recommend Anil kumble for that post! he is a sungg character and proved performer at the international arena! it would also help our bowlers especially spinners. so all in all if will be good mentor. cheers!

  • Rajeshj on February 26, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Quite strange to hear that Indian seam bowling has not improved recently.. I think Dawes showed results with rookie bowlers like Shami, Bhuvaneshwar etc. Our seam bowlers bowled well in patches at least... But, Fletcher has not been questioned.. which is a big surprise.. I don't think other cricketing boards would have tolerated so much of bad results..

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    @shahzaibq Venkatesh Prasad already had a stint as Indian bowling coach and under his tutelage many promising young fast bowlers lost their way. He is partly responsible for the predicament Indian pace bowling is in right now. An Indian assistant coach isn't a bad idea but I would still look for a foreign bowling coach, one with proven credentials as a top level player and coach. Not another no-name like Dawes.

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Bring 'the' Sourav Ganguly as the Head Coach & Anil Kumble as the Bowling Coach.

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Best person to replace is Zaheer Khan...if not as player why not as coach. Knows his juniors better than anyone and has a considerable amount of International experience.

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    ridiculous that fletcher and penny are getting extensions....absurd this is...even considering the world cup is a year away

  • viru-319-219 on February 26, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    I believe there should be change in entire team management before WC2015 and captain after WC2015. BCCI should appoint either an Aussie or SAfrican as a bowling coach until WC. They will know the best lenghts to bowl on bouncy AUS and NZ tracks. McGrath or Moody or Pollock should be consulted. Rhodes should be consulted as fielding coach. He doesn't like misfields and dropping catches and Indian players need some one to teach them that.Our top fielders drop catches :( An Indian batsman (May be Gavaskar) should be made batting coach as he has a better idea of our batsmen technique at domestic level and can help them make necessary adjustments on away tours. Anil Kumble or Ganguly should be made team manager and they should be given active role in team selection, game tactics and managing coaching staff.

    I know getting these guys is not easy but with kind of money BCCI has they can make a deal with the best :)

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    i think current bowling coach in not good enough for the improvement of indian bowling so i think BCCI should someone who has no very big reputation in world cricket & should also be a decent bowler. in my opinion Ausie M Kasprowich & South Africa's F. De villiers are good candidate. BCCI should consult them

  • on February 26, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Com'on bcci go for Anil kumble!