Ganguly expresses desire to coach Team India

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Updated: Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 15:02 [IST]
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Ganguly wants to coach Team India

Kolkata, Jan 2: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has yet again expressed his desire to coach Team India as Duncan Fletcher's contract expires in March 2013.

Fondly called 'the Prince of Kolkata', Ganguly also suggested that people should have faith in Indian coaches and also hinted at his desire to coach the struggling team.

"We need to have an Indian coach and I am dead sure we have enough talent in the country to find an Indian coach. It is not about individuals but I feel time has come for an Indian coach to take over," Ganguly added.

Earlier Ganguly had also expressed to take up the role if offered while talking to a news channel Aaj Tak.

"Obviously, I have interest in coaching but only time will tell what can happen in future. If the BCCI feels that I can be a good coach, I will be ready. I feel I can create a difference in terms of the ability, form and development of the players. That will be the way for me to repay the game," said Ganguly.

The former India skipper had led India to 21 wins off 49 Tests, which included 11 wins abroad. Now, feels he can also contribute to the game that won him accolades while playing for India.

Ganguly also felt Indian coaches should be preferred over foreigners, as they have contributed a lot to the team.

"Different captains and different coaches brought in the culture within the team where the players believed they could do well abroad. But the Indian cricket is well aware of the modern techniques now. Don't forget we won the World T20 in 2007 and the CB Series in 2008 under Lalchand Rajput," Ganguly had told Aaj Tak.

After ending his cricketing career in Oct 2012, Ganguly has made his intentions clear, having hinted at coaching Team India in future. Though he hasn't made it public, his words do suggest that he wants to coach the team and bring about a change in the team that is struggling to reach the top.


Story first published:  Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 14:15 [IST]
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