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Bedi takes over as Delhis coach

Published: Friday, November 10, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi is back to mainstream coaching. After having restricted himself to molding youngsters at his coaching trust for over six years, the legendary left-arm spinner has accepted Delhi's offer to be its chief coach for three years.However, given the bitter experience that Bedi has had with the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) during his playing days and fterwards, it needed a lot of persuasion for the officials to convince him to take up the demanding job.DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan, a former India and Delhi teammate of Bedi, played the key role in making the 54-year-old agree to take up the coaching job. Bedi, who was the first national coach, had accompanied the Indian cricket team to New Zealand in 1990.Bedi will be responsible for DDCA's five teams - Ranji Trophy, Under-22, Under-19, Under-16 and Under-14 - with the help of an assistant coach in each category. The former Delhi captain will get a monthly salary but the amount is yet to be decided. "We are still negotiating the salary with him. It will be decided this week," Chauhan told IANS. However, a source in the DDCA said that the amount was likely to be Rs 50,000 per month.Bedi, who has taken the highest Test wickets for an Indian spinner, will be appointed on a three-year term, renewable at the end of each year, Chauhan said. "Three years, because you cannot do anything in one year," Bedi said.Having played for Delhi till the 1980s, Bedi knows the occupational hazards that he is likely to confront at the DDCA, with which he has had a love-hate relationship. Never one to shy from challenges, Bedi will have to contend with more than his share of critics in his new job. "Were they not there earlier," he said in typical style. "I know that, I know that," he said about the chances of the number shooting up now.A likely reason for criticism could be his son Angad, a left-arm spinner who is already in the Delhi Under-19 squad. But Bedi is ready to face that situation, as and when it arises. "The moment I have to pass judgment on his selection, I will withdraw myself," he said.That Bedi is not interfering in his 17-year-old son's case is apparent from the fact that the left-arm spinner has not played in any of the North Zone league matches of the under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy so far. Delhi, along with Haryana, has qualified for the knockout round of the tournament.A strict disciplinarian and hard taskmaster, Bedi has started his mission in all seriousness. He tries to watch each and every ball bowled and faced, and shouts instructions from the pavilion when needed. He jots down meticulously in his diary the positive and negative points of the players. He has instilled a sense of discipline in the players, who finally have someone to look up to.India Abroad News Service

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