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Dravid Feels IPL Teams "Missing a Trick" by Not Using Indian Coaches

Former skipper Rahul Dravid is of the opinion that IPL franchises are “missing a trick” by not getting more Indian coaches on board. If not the top job, these coaches could come in handy as assistants, since most of the players in the league are Indian.

Cricketnext Staff |November 28, 2019, 6:10 PM IST
Dravid Feels IPL Teams

Former skipper Rahul Dravid is of the opinion that IPL franchises are “missing a trick” by not getting more Indian coaches on board. If not the top job, these coaches could come in handy as assistants, since most of the players in the league are Indian.

"I believe we've got some very good coaches, a lot of good people. I'm fully confident [in their ability]. Just as we have a lot of talent in the cricket department, we have a lot of talent in the coaching department," Dravid told Cricinfo. "We need to give them confidence and time to flourish. I'm sure they will do it.

"It does sometimes disappoint me when a lot of our boys don't get opportunities as assistant coaches in IPL. Honestly, there are so many Indian players in the IPL, there's so much of local knowledge [among our coaches].

"I feel a lot of teams could actually benefit from using a lot of our Indian coaches in the IPL. They know the Indian players better, they understand them better. Even as assistant coaches… there is a lot of talent and ability. It just needs to be given the opportunity, and flourish."

Apart from being the head coach for India A and India U-19 teams, Dravid is now also the NCA director, and also has the task of developing the Indian coaches.

"A part of our goal is to create a programme for coaches as well, so that we can give them certain skills in which they can develop - and hopefully then get the opportunities to work at a slightly higher level," Dravid said.

"I think a lot of IPL teams miss a trick by not using more domestic talent in the coaching area and the talent identification area, even if it is as assistants. That's my personal opinion.

"It's not for me to decide for franchises and head coaches what they do, but I think they miss a trick by not involving more Indian coaches. Indian coaches understand and know the system, and they know a lot of Indian players.

"Every IPL team has at least 17-18 Indian players. It's my personal view, but I would love to see a lot of our boys get the opportunity to be in and around that environment. Hopefully we can work with some teams to try and ensure that."

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