Saying that Indians are second to none, former pacer Venkatesh Prasad advocated having more Indian coaches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) set-up.
Out of eight IPL teams, only Kings XI Punjab have an Indian head coach in Sanjay Bangar.
“It is an Indian Premier League. It is good to have a mix of foreign coaches, foreign players, because you are definitely going to improve your knowledge of the game, but it is not that all foreigners are knowledgeable.
“Please let us not go by that. I think that is something which people need to understand,” said the 44-year-old former bowler, who guided Uttar Pradesh to the finals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali All T20 event.
“I have seen so many players who are better than the foreign players. So many coaches in India who are better than the foreign coaches, who are part of the IPL set-up now,” added the Bangalore-born Prasad who played 33 Tests and 161 ODIs for the country between 1996 and 2001.
Prasad, who had been associated with the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings as bowling coach in the past, is not part of any IPL franchise this year and he termed it as ‘disappointing’.
“It is disappointing in a way because it is something that I feel every franchise needs to look at – having Indian coaches as part of their team management – for a simple reason that only four foreign players can play in the 11 and the remaining other seven are Indians,” he said.
Prasad said the break from his vocation will help him analyse things from outside that he hoped would stand him in good stead next year.
“It is disappointing to miss out but there is always a learning (process). It is always good to step back and then look at the scenario from outside and then learn a few more things, so that you are better as a coach and better as a person when you start doing this, hopefully from the next
year onwards,” he said.
“I am going to be part of the media and keep watching games and keep analysing them. I would be able to watch and analyse the games and obviously learn a few things by doing those. So, I hope to increase my knowledge,” the former Karnataka player added.
Prasad further said coaching in IPL side was a big challenge as everything is result-oriented.
“It is an amazing challenge because you are only looked at as per your achievements and the results that you have given to the team. It’s not about what sort of a contribution you are making to the team. That is a sad part actually.
“Here not only the franchise owners or people should not only look at results but also look at developing players. Whether the people in the management, the coaching staff are they doing that or not, that is also very important. But that is not the case in most of the franchises, I would say, because they are only looking at the result,” he said.