With the BCCI now eager to find an appropriate coach for the Indian team, Mohammad Azharuddin has a suggestion for the richest cricket board. Azharuddin feels that the BCCI should opt for an Indian coach over an overseas coach. The former Indian captain said that having an Indian as the head coach would be beneficial for the domestic structure as well since the coach would be well aware.
“Indian coaches are good. We have won matches with Indian coaches,” said Azharuddin. “We must promote our Indian players who can be coaches. The Board of Control for Cricket in India should look into it,” he added.
“There are so many players who have represented India and should be able to give their expertise. You should have a professional coach who has practical knowledge of the game. Anybody can be strong on theory. Players who have played over 40-50 Tests can be good at guiding the youngsters,” Azharuddin said.
Earlier, Dilip Vengaskar, the former Indian batsman too batted for an Indian coach over an overseas one. Vengaskar was clear about his view and said, “There are a lot of advantages with having an Indian coach. The foreign coaches only know about the 15 players who are part of the squad. They have no idea about fringe players and in fact are wary of them. Whereas, an Indian coach would have seen a player, who has been selected into the Indian team, earlier in domestic cricket, and that really helps.”