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~~Star~~ players in India, Pak don~~t respect coach: Donald

Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi:As talks about Sri Lanka-born Aussie Dav Whatmore taking up the reigns of Team India hot up, former South African spedster Allan Donald feels there is lack of respect for coach among the 'superstar' Indian and Pakistani cricketers.

While writing his column for a website, Donald regarded the 'pot-boiler' India coach job as the most high profile in present day cricket, but criticised the Indian players and their Pakistani counterparts for lack of discipline.

''The Indian and Pakistani players always seem to have some issue or the other with their coaches. Most of the players just want to go their own way and play as they like to. At the highest level, the coach's word should be taken as final but it seems that there is a lack of discipline here,'' the newly-apointed English team bowling consultant said.

Donald was of the view that coach and the players need to compliment each other in order to achieve succees, which he felt was lacking during Greg Chappell's two-year tenure with the 'Men in Blue'.

''From what I have seen, it looked like the Indian players enjoyed Greg Chappell's company but there were some issues which got blown out of proportion. Some of the players and even the coach were accused of leaking reports to the media and that led to a lot of controversy. These things should be avoided,'' he said.

The 40-year-old South African also pointed out that in order to discharge his duties smoothly, a foreign coach needs all the backing from senior players of the team and cited late coach Bob Woolmer's tenure with their side as example in this regard.

''In South Africa, too, when Bob Woolmer was the coach there were some problems initially, but the seniors backed him and soon everything was settled,'' Donald said.

''If such a thing happens it means that not only the players but the coach too is happy and then the team can give its best,'' he added.

He also rubbished some international cricketers' recent claim that a team does not need a full time coach at the highest level.

''If someone says that international players don't need to be coached then they are very far from the truth. Though the players have mastered their arts, they still need to be told what needs to be done in a particular situation.''

UNI

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