New coach must un­der­stand In­dian cul­ture: Dhoni

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MUMBAI—In­dia’s next cricket coach should have a clear un­der­stand­ing of the coun­try’s di­verse cul­ture, lim­ited-overs cap­tain Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni said on Tues­day.

In­dia have been with­out a full-time coach since Ravi Shas­tri’s two-year ten­ure as team di­rec­tor ended with the hosts’ de­feat in the semi­fi­nals of this year’s World Twenty20.

In the ad­ver­tise­ment for the coach’s job, the In­dian cricket board (BCCI) said the abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate in an In­dian lan­guage was de­sir­able but not manda­tory.

“We do not face much prob­lem with com­mu­ni­ca­tion,” Dhoni told re­porters on the eve of the In­dian team’s de­par­ture for a lim­ited-overs se­ries in Zim­babwe.

“With the play­ers com­ing in th­ese days, English I don’t think is a big bar­rier. There are also other play­ers who take the ini­tia­tive to help any­body in the team who does not un­der­stand.”

Play­ers in the In­dian team of­ten come from dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try, speak­ing dif­fer­ent lan­guages and hav­ing di­verse cul­tures.

For­mer team mates Shas­tri and San­deep Patil have ap­plied for the po­si­tion with New Zealand ex-cap­tain Daniel Vet­tori’s name also in the frame for one of the most de­mand­ing jobs in in­ter­na­tional cricket.

The BCCI has put as­sis­tant coach San­jay Ban­gar in charge for the tour of Zim­babwe be­gin­ning on Satur­day.

“What’s im­por­tant is what the team re­quire. We need to se­lect the best that is avail­able,” said Dhoni, who has led In­dia to both the 50-over and Twenty20 World Cup ti­tles.

“A num­ber of in­ter­na­tional coaches have a prob­lem with the amount of cricket that we play in a year keep­ing in mind the fam­ily com­mit­ments and other fac­tors,” Dhoni said.

“One of the most im­por­tant thing I be­lieve is he should un­der­stand our cul­ture. More than the lan­guage, one who un­der­stands our up­bring­ing and cul­ture will be bet­ter with us,” he added.

“The coaches who have un­der­stood us in the past, we have seen the dif­fer­ence on the field.”

Dhoni had formed a for­mi­da­ble part­ner­ship with South African coach Gary Kirsten and the duo led In­dia to the top of the World test rank­ings while also win­ning the 2011 50-over World Cup at home.

New Zealan­der John Wright was also a suc­cess­ful coach for In­dia.

Like Shas­tri, Patil is also eye­ing a sec­ond spell in charge of the team, hav­ing coached them in 1996.

Patil has also coached Kenya, guid­ing them to the 2003 World Cup semi-fi­nals, and Oman.

Test cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli last month said he had a chat with his Royal Chal­lengers Ban­ga­lore coach Vet­tori re­gard­ing the job.

The BCCI has formed a cricket ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee com­pris­ing for­mer play­ers Sachin Ten­dulkar, Sourav Gan­guly and VVS Lax­man who are ex­pected to pick a new coach be­fore the team’s tour of West Indies be­gin­ning on July 6.—AFP

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