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Friday, June 03, 2005

The Chappell question

It is, from all I can see, a relatively dull day, story-wise; not too much of interest out there (I refuse, incidentally, to post anything more about the England-Bangla game -- when debate about a cricket match is only about whether one team can shut the other out in under two days, you know it's time to stop watching).
Went to the comments section under various posts here, and found interesting takes on the to-county-or-not question; reckon though I'll let it simmer for some more time (the Indian side of the audience hasn't been heard from, I'd think; most of what is on here comes from this part of the world).
Prasad, reacting to 'Chappell Watch', has an observation/question:
I have some thoughts on Chappell's appointment.From reading articles on his coaching methods, it appears that he would make a better junior team or Academy coach than a senior team coach.

Why does it have to be either/or, though? First up, I think Chappell has much he can bring to the senior table; till Wright came along, the Indian team basically winged it on talent, and a prayer. Wright brought in the concept of systematic planning which till then was alien, even anathema; Chappell is placed to hone that further. And at the same time, his ideas on casting a wider net to identify talent, and seeding them into the senior side at the right moment, all make sense.
My utopian scenario would have Greg Chappell not merely as coach of the national side, but as head of a national coaching structure. Each state will have an official coach, all of whom would feed off the national coach and his methods.
This would mean regular interaction between the national coach and the state coaches; the overall idea would be to ensure that the methods being employed at the state level are the same as those adopted for the national team.
Each state would then mandate that the various league teams (at least in the first and second divisions) have their own coaches; or if that is financially impossible, the state coach would head a team of about half a dozen coaches, who would under his direction work with the league teams, and with the top school and college teams.
What the system ensures is continuity -- from the time you are a promising schoolkid to the day you make your national debut, there is uniformity of coaching; a corollary to this is that a similar system needs to be set up for physical fitness as well.
The added bonus is that with a structured coaching system, the machinery can keep tabs on players of promise at each level, and seamlessly move them up the ranks. And one further bonus: the national coach passes on his expertise to the state coaches, and from there on down to the subordinate level. The upshot being, we simultaneously create a bank of trained coaches all au courant with the latest concepts, techniques and technologies. A few years of this, and we don't need to have Jimmy Amarnath-inspired debates on Indian versus foreign anyways -- we will have enough qualified, experienced coaches to chose from without shopping abroad.
Thoughts, guys?


  • chappell's challenge is going to be implementing his ideas. He is a great thinker and strategist, but implementation is very different from having strategy. Evn warren buffet says so.
    The other challenge for chappell is going to be providing attention to details and analyzing the opposition and planning accordingly.

    These are his challenges as national coach. I think it will be a good idea to hire a fielding coach/bowling coach because those guys can concentrate on getting things done.

    As far as Chappell being coach and director, the question is can one person manage 2 jobs in terms of time required to devote to both jobs! If the answer is yes, great, but if not then its better to have 2 dfferent people and come up with a model for them to interact and coordinate.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 16:28  

  • Intersting concept. The only thing that bothers me are the sweeping powers that would be placed inthe hands on one man!!!!That always petrifies me, remember what happened to Jagmohan Dalmiya? But I do agree with the thought, what every coach wants are his type of players. A John Wright loved someone like Robin Singh over others, Chappell probably has a soft corner for Ganguly and so on. What I think might be an equally good solution is to have a person with whom the Coach can identify and trust heading the "farm" system for the players. That way you have ood players recognised without too much of bias and enough power is distributed to ensure ego doesnt come in the way. Ah well!! it took this long for a foreign coach guess how long will it take to have such a system!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 16:34  

  • Good one Prem. Also entirely agree with your thoughts on one of the earlier panix stations where you stressed the need for an assistant coach to work with Chappell.

    By Anonymous Harsha, at 16:51  

  • What...Harsha...what... ???

    By Blogger worma, at 01:45  

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