Daily Archives: 25 June 2007

Team India: Sans Coach, Physio and a few players!

“No coach, no problem”, said Robin Singh on the eve of a long and arduous Team India tour of Great Britain. Team India did not appoint a coach thanks to a series of blundering steps by the committee which was tasked with managing the coach-selection-process. This farce then resulted in the appointment of septuagenarian Chandu Borde, as Team India Manager; a fact that precipitated much mirth and humour!

Meanwhile, while all of this has been happening in India, thanks to the rabble that was put together for the coach-selection-process, Sri Lanka quietly went about their business with clinical efficiency. After appointing Trevor Bayliss as Coach of the team, they have progressed even further. They are in the process of appointing Greg Blewett or Jonty Rhodes (or maybe both) as Bayliss’s support staff. I salute the focussed Sri Lankan approach.

Pakistan too went about its business in a professional manner. Three candidates were interviewed and the recommendation points to Dav Whatmore. However, the PCB is not making their decision final until both the potential appointee and the employer are satisfied with the terms and conditions.

Take note, Niranjan Shah!

Although Robin Singh, India’s fielding coach said, “no coach, no problem” when talking about the mess Indian cricket is in, one can’t but help wonder, “But what else can he say?”

Meanwhile, Team India physio, John Gloster has tripped on a boundary rope and fractured his hand! The team has called up London-based Nitin Patel as interim-cover for Gloster! Patel works as physio at the ECB cricket academy. India-A physio, Vaibhav Daga, is also on stand-by.

And as if all of this wasn’t enough, at least seven Team India players are reportedly down with a combination of cold-flu and fever. This includes ODI vice-captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who missed the first match of the tour against Ireland!

What a terrific start to a long season!

— Mohan