Richards not averse to coaching India

Published: Friday, April 22, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:As the hunt for a coach for the Indian cricket team gathered momentum, former West Indies captain Vivian Richards today indicated that though he lacked the experience he was well equipped to handle such a position.

Richards did not directly say whether he would consider if an offer to coach the Indian team came to him, but made it clear that he had a sound knowledge of the game.

"I have not got a coaching badge. But I am also reluctant to go for the badge," Richards told reporters here.

"But what I have with me is the experience of playing in 124 Tests. I know that I have a sound knowledge of the game," he said.

India does not have a coach at the moment after John Wright stepped down from the post immediately after the series against Pakistan.

With Australians Greg Chappell, Tom Moody and Dean Jones in the race to replace Wright, Richards said there was no harm in having a foreign coach.

"There is nothing wrong in having a foreign coach. The game is getting globalised and this way we can learn from each other," he said.

An Australian taking over the post could be a good thing for the side, as Richards, referring to the West Indies' coach Benett King, indicated that they usually take a firm stance in achieving their goal.

"The Australians usually take a hardcore stance in achieving their goal," he said.

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