Chennai: Former Indian bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad on Thursday said that BCCI's decision to sack him came as a "shock and a disappointment".
A statement from from BCCI secretary N. Srinivasan said the board had terminated the services of Prasad and Robin Singh, the fielding coach, with immediate effect. No reasons were provided.
Prasad, who represented India in 33 Tests and 161 ODIs over seven seasons, said: "Yes, I received an email at about half-past eleven this morning, but I haven't really gone through that. Of course, I am very disappointed. At this moment, I wish the Indian team every success in the coming series against Australia."
Interestingly, the Chennai Super Kings' management headed by Srinivasan , had hired Prasad as the bowling coach for the 2009 Indian Premier League T20.
When asked whether the termination of his services was directly linked to the recent poor performances of Ishant Sharma, the current Indian spearhead, Prasad said: "Ishant is a fantastic prospect. I am sure he will bounce back. He is very hard working young man."
Some suspected that 21-year-old Ishant was struggling under non-stop cricket and consequent heavy workload besides huge expectations following his meteoric rise since his international debut two seasons ago.
Prasad said: "These days, all the cricketers are professionals and they have to learn to manage. Like I said earlier, Ishant is a great prospect."