To appoint Ravi Shastri at this point is just like a backdoor entry: Sudhir Naik

Sudhir Naik also questioned whether India players will pay attention to another coach, especially after the reported issue with former India captain Anil Kumble's style of functioning.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 29, 2017 10:39 am
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Former India opener Sudhir Naik, who had a tiff with Ravi Shastri in 2015, says if Shastri is appointed as coach it “is just like a backdoor entry… it is certainly a backdoor entry!”. In an interaction with MidDay, Naik added it’s a pity that good coaches are not wanted.

“To appoint Shastri at this point is just like a backdoor entry… it is certainly a backdoor entry! It’s a pity that good coaches like Anil Kumble don’t seem to be wanted,” Naik said.

Naik questioned whether India players will pay attention to another coach, especially after the reported issue with Kumble’s style of functioning. “If these players are not listening to Kumble, who played such a high level of cricket, is intelligent and dished out a stupendous performance, how can they pay attention to another coach,” said Naik.

Naik wants the Indian cricket board to act tough with the players and ensure that coach is the boss and players must listen to him. He further added that if team can’t respect Kumble, then they don’t need a coach.

“The BCCI should make it clear that the coach is the boss and all players should listen and follow his instructions. If players don’t respect a person like Kumble, then I don’t think this team needs a coach. Let Kohli be the boss. Anyway, we are playing in the West Indies without a coach and things can continue like that,” Naik stressed.

 

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    SAGAR
    Jul 19, 2017 at 11:06 pm
    FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT BCCI IS A CORRUPT BODY THEY R PLAYING WITH THE PUBLIC MONEY CRICKET IS NOT ALL THAT POPULAR IN THE WORLD THERE ARE MANY SPORTS WHICH R POPULAR THAN CRICKET AS FAR AS INDIAN CRICKET COACH IS CONCERNED TOM MOODY IS A BETTER OPTION THAN RAVI SHASTRI BOTH GAVASKAR AND SHASTRI R CORRUPTED AND COMMUNAL THEY GIVE PREFERENCE TO MUMBAI CRICKETERS SHASTRI IS A VERY ORDINERY CRICKETER WITH MEDIOCER RECORDS
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      Parth Garg
      Jun 29, 2017 at 2:16 pm
      If the players don't want a coach why waste money on him. The Captain is the one who receives the bouquets and brickbats not the coach.
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        Dr Dwarakanath
        Jun 29, 2017 at 1:04 pm
        I disagree with Mr Sudhir Naik who appears to be expressing his disagreements with Shastri in a veiled way. What happened with Kumble-kolhi is unfortunate and needs a thorough dig. Ravi Shastri has developed the current team, has had success in Australia and at home and gets on with people. He turned the team around from its doldrums in the midst of their England tour and brought respectability. BCCI has to establish what type of a coach it wants but until then, it can't allow the team to drift and create greater uncertainty and rift. Ravi Shastri has done nothing wrong and I can't see any negative point in appointing Shastri except that he stood up against Ganguly's behaviour at the interview. BCCI needs to bring stability right now and address all the other issues that Mr Naik refers to in time.
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          K.Suresh
          Jun 29, 2017 at 11:09 am
          Shastri's way of getting back at Ganguli using Virat and Kumble.
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            Kevin Castelino
            Jun 29, 2017 at 8:16 am
            Either Sudhir Naik is a Pawn or just living in wonderland. Is he not aware of the whole ego politics behind this being played between Ganguly and Shastri. When Shastri's term was to be renewed Ganguly asked Kumble to apply. Smart guy like Kumble fell for this game and now probably repenting. Now as per news reports Sachin asked Shastri to apply and looks like it will be Sachin/Laxmas vs Ganguly. Supreme court must be scratching its head because they though they were taking out BCCI from one mess of corruption to another mess of "Personality clash". Why do people even take sides just enjoy the political game of our star cricketers. Our star cricketers play a subtle game, just look at our worst neighbour, their star cricketers just go at each other full throttle( abuse each other openly on TV).
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              kulaputra
              Jun 29, 2017 at 6:13 am
              To complete the comedy of errors of BCCI administration (acting like a dog that finally caught up with the car it was chasing), bring back Greg Chappell. Then Kumble will look like a softie. BCCI can then consume all newsprint in the world !
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                prabhakar
                Jun 29, 2017 at 3:23 am
                it is a shame that the BCCI accepts /tolerates players wills and wishes. afterall who selects the player? and also the coach? it means BCCI admits that player is superior more knowledgeble than the selection comitee. may be they are afraid that a day may come when the player/captain will say that he doesnt want these officiebearers.
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                  nagarajabillur
                  Jun 28, 2017 at 11:51 pm
                  Sudhir Naik who? Public memory is short. Let it remain so. There are a lot of things with Shastri. But he has seen and known more .
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