~~Swadeshi~~ Kapil will never coach a ~~Videshi~~ team

Published: Wednesday, July 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Former Indian captain Kapil Dev says he will never accept an offer to coach a foreign team; if ever he wants to do that job, it would be only for the home country.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a press conference to announce the induction of former Indian sprinter Ashwini Nachappa as member of the Hero Indian Sports Academy (HISA), the former all-rounder said he never ever aspired to coach a foreign team.

"If I ever want to do (coaching), I will only do it for my country," Kapil Dev said. "I am a passionate person. I feel that. I am not saying that those who are serving othercountries are not passionate. Every individual is different."

On Ganguly:

On Sourav Ganguly's poor run with the bat, he said the Indian captain should be given some more time to deliver.

"Give him time. It will be unfair if we start raising or doubting his work. Give him three months....six months..at the moment I would like to support him. Entire Board has supported him. We should support. Result (Ganguly coming good with the bat or not) is the best answer."

On new ODI rules:

He said if the new International Cricket Council (ICC) rules governing One-day Internationals are aimed at making the game more enjoyable and spectator-friendly, then it's a welcome move. Old rules are also good enough and sustaining capacity, he commented.

But Kapil Dev cautioned against going in for too many experiments, saying those steps will kill the game.

On bowling coach:

On his take on having a bowling coach for Team India, he said there is nothing wrong in having one if it can be afforded. Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) is rich and does not face dearth of funds, he said but added: "too many cooks can spoil food".

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