Indore: Cricket Club of India president and chairman of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) Raj Singh Dungarpur revealed that some of the top Indian players were in favour of a foreign coach.Talking to reporters on the eve of the Zimbabwe versus NCA XI match on Tuesday, Mr Dungapur said that this desire was first conveyed by Rahul Dravid and subsequently sounded out by the Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly.Elaborating on the issue of foreign coach, Mr Dungarpur said that only foreign cricketers could do wonders to the Indian side. "We had the confirmation of two top Indian players - Saurav as well as Dravid - and I personally spoke to Sachin about his idea of a foreign coach," he said.Even Tendulkar was of the opinion that foreign coach was the only option. When the three top Indian players were in favour of a foreign coach, it was decided that Indian team will have a foreign coach, he claimed.Mr Dungarpur, who interviewed all the three candidates (Greg Chappel, Geoff Marsh and John Wright) for the post found that Marsh was perhaps the best suited, but Wright was more convenient to the Indian team and that's why he was selected for the post.He described Greg Chappell as one of the top five batsmen he has ever seen and the second best after Sir Don Bradman from Australia. But he said that he (Greg Chapell) spoke more like an administrator then a coach and demanded a heavy amount. However, his style of functioning too had its values. John Wright was very honest and very positive about the job and never gave any importance to the financial factor. He had his own idea to restructure the Indian team. His commitment, dedication and honesty were the real values and "we all thought that here is the man to coach the Indian side"."But just the day we were to decide about the foreign coach, we received a fax from Marsh, who earlier had made it clear that he was not available stating that he had changed his mind. He informed the Board that he was eager to meet us again," Mr Dungarpur said. "His knowledge about the game, about players, both Indian as well as foreign and his philosophy on coaching were extraordinary. I definitely would have voted for him but his availability was questioned and the job went to Wright. But surely it would be in the interest of Indian cricket if they take the services of Marsh in the future," he said.Mr Dungarpur also made it very clear that India had players-turned coaches but they were not truly professional coaches. He cited the examples of all the Indian cricketers-turned coaches from Wadekar to Aunshuman Gaekwad, who had their strengths as players, but did not fit the bill as coaches. "Even Kapil Dev, a great cricketer, could not deliver as a coach as playing and coaching were entirely different propositions," he added. It was then decided to seek a coach like Wright, who also had a very successful coaching stint with Kent.
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