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Snap out of the “foreign coach obsession”: Zaheer Abbas

Snap out of the “foreign coach obsession”: Zaheer Abbas
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First Published: Fri, Apr 27 2007. 04 20 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Apr 27 2007. 04 20 PM IST
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New Delhi: India and Pakistan should get over their obsession for foreign coaches, especially when they have enough eligible candidates at home, said former batting hero Zaheer Abbas.
“I believe that both India and Pakistan should have coaches from their own land. What is the point in wasting so much money on foreign coaches?” Abbas told PTI on the sidelines of a book release here.
Both the Indian and Pakistani cricket boards are looking for a new coach and both seem intent on having a foreigner for the job. Meanwhile, the BCCI has formed a special committee to find Greg Chappell’s successor after the Australian quit his job following India’s World Cup debacle. The board has also in the interim roped in Ravi Shastri as cricket manager for the upcoming Bangladesh tour.
Pakistan too, after their coach Bob Woolmer was murdered in a Kingston hotel during the World Cup, is looking for a new coach and has already advertised for the job. They are reportedly in touch with former New Zealand captain John Wright, who had a successful stint with Team India.
Sri Lanka too has a foreign coach in Australian Tom Moody, while Bangladesh, the other Test playing nation from the continent, was coached by foreigner, Dav Whatmore, for this World Cup. So much for the slant towards foreign coaches!
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First Published: Fri, Apr 27 2007. 04 20 PM IST