IPL news December 29, 2010

Geoff Lawson to be Kochi coach

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Geoff Lawson, the former Australia fast bowler, will be be appointed head coach of the Kochi IPL team, ESPNcricinfo has learnt. Lawson confirmed he would be in India soon to sign his contract, which is likely to be for two years, marking the team's first high-level cricketing appointment.

"I will be flying to India in the next few days to prepare for the player auction," Lawson told ESPNcricinfo. Mehul Shah, one of the owners of the Kochi franchise, confirmed the development.

Lawson had stated in October that a section of the Kochi owners had expressed strong interest in him for the coaching position. Unfortunately that deal could not be finalised as Kochi was suffering from a fractured ownership and appeared on the brink of being shunted out of the IPL. However, extensive parleys among the owners and various lifelines handed out by the BCCI led to a compromise formula being worked out to keep the $333.33 million franchise afloat.

Lawson said he was excited to be finally getting another opportunity of "creating a team" once again. "All is in order with the Kochi owners and everyone is keen and excited to be finally getting on with the job of creating a team. I will physically sign the contract when I get there [India], but in essence the owners have honoured the handshake deal we had before the minority owner problem occurred," he said.

Lawson's most high-profile coaching job was his 15-month stint in charge of the Pakistan team from July 2007. He helped them reach the final of the inaugural World Twenty20, but his partnership with inexperienced captain Shoaib Malik did not get to blossom as 2008 was a virtually barren year for Pakistan - Australia pulled out of a full tour, the Champions Trophy was postponed and Pakistan were left to play minnows like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • StarHawk on January 3, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    i think a realistic Kochi XI will be...

    Gautam Gambhir (c), Tamim Iqbal, Mahela Jayawardene, Rohan Prem, Robin Uthappa (wk), Raiphi Gomez, Abhishek Nayar, Stuart Broad, Murali Kartik, S Sreesanth, Ryan Harris.

  • abverb on December 31, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    @cruise, your fav 11 will materialize only if all the other 9 teams are barred from taking part in the auction... Going by previous auction experience, Indian players are going to be exorbitantly expensive....

  • dummy4fb on December 31, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    For Hamid Hashmi Unfortunately there is no afghanistan and pakistani players in the auction list of IPL 2011

  • cricketfullness on December 31, 2010, 0:21 GMT

    kochi must sign Sree, Gambhir, Uthappa, steyen, Murali, Karthik, Nayar, AF milne, Mike Hussey,Bollinger and Ross taylor

  • dummy4fb on December 30, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Hi if any one have info about Afghanistan players which they are playing in IPL or not. so please give me information plzzzzzzz thnks in advance .

  • kany on December 30, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Geoff Lawson? What on earth is going on in IPL. IP = Indian league, why cant they find good Indian coaches?

  • dummy4fb on December 30, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    GOOD!!!!!DONT LET US DOWN

  • muski on December 30, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    Iam vary of Aussie guys as Coaches especially after Buchannan and Greg. The only exception was the one for Deccan Chargers. As long as Lawson delivers the job behind the scene its fine.Get this team and ur done - Gambhir(1m), Shaun Marsh(800K),AB De Villiers(1m) ,Robin Uthappa(800k), Rohit Sharma(800k), Yusuf Pathan(1m), Parthiv Patel(400k), Sreesanth(800k), Dale Steyn( 800k), James Anderson(800k) , Munaf Patel( 400k) . This team will have the best mix of sloggers and fiery pace bowlers. Parthiv is the cheapest wicketkeeping batsmen you can get. For the balance that is left you can have couple of Indians as standbys.No need of any foreigners as standby as the selected guys are one of the fittest guys in the world today All the best to Kochi after all that they have gone through.

  • dummy4fb on December 29, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Who ll be d skipper i suppose sree?..lol..

  • cruise... on December 29, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    It is a good move... And Kochi should also pick some important players like yusaf pathan gayle etc... my favourate eleven is gayle warner uthappa yusaf pathan thiwary irfan pathan mathews jadeja ashwin praveen kumar steyn.... But they wont get all these players.. Try to pick as many as possible...

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