Former Indian national cricket team captain Mohammad Azharuddin wants to see more Indian coaches in the Indian Premier League. He thinks that experienced former players should be benefitted from the country’s own league just like foreigners.
More Indian coaches in IPL
Mohammad Azharuddin who is presently heading the Hyderabad Cricket Association batted for Indian coaches in IPL during an interview with Pahar TV. “The IPL teams should give an opportunity to former India players, who’re fairly experienced, to coach their teams. After all, it’s the Indian Premier League, and more Indian coaches must get chances in it.”
He added that former Indian players are deserving enough and hence must get enough opportunity in IPL. “Our coaches don’t get to coach in the Big Bash or coach the Australian or England teams. It’s the franchisees’ prerogative to hire anyone, but we must remember that we’ve former cricketers who’ve played a lot of international cricket in their time. They too deserve a chance, encouragement, and the financial benefits of coaching in the IPL.”
He went on to speak how the Indian cricket board is trying to provide financial benefits to former cricketers. But along with this those should be included in the cash-rich IPL as well. Azhar informed that he had raised this issue in the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting last year. “I agree that the Board is giving financial benefits to these former cricketers, but if a lot of foreigners can come here and become millionaires through coaching in the IPL, why can’t our players be allowed to do the same? I raised this issue in the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) last year.”
BCCI should be strict against players not featuring in domestic games
Former captain and one of the great Indian cricketers, Azharuddin is remembered for batting style. The veteran who featured in 99 Tests and 334 ODIs for the Indian national cricket team opined that the board should be strict against the cricketers deliberately missing the domestic games.
Azhar believes that the youngsters get chance to learn from an India player when the senior one is available for domestic circuit. “The Board should take action against the players who are missing domestic games deliberately. When an India player plays for his domestic team, then youngsters get to learn a lot from him. I agree that the IPL is the premier tournament in world cricket, and everyone – the board and the players – benefits from it, but playing domestic is necessary.”