India needs a coach with excellent man management skills: Shastri

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Dubai, Oct 29 (UNI) India does need a coach but it will not be decided by the colour of the skin or the country which he belongs to when choosing the right man for coaching the high profile Indian cricket team, believes former Indian captain Ravi Shastri.

''India does need a coach. It is not a question of whether he has to be an Indian or a foreigner,'' Shastri said when asked whether the Indian team needs a foreign coach.

''What we need is the right man for the job, someone who has excellent man management skills and is in tune with the modern trends of the game.'' The former all-rounder urged the Indian selectors to follow a policy of rotation for the senior players and the need to preserved them.

''One of them should be rested after six games on the trot if we need to preserve them for another two years as Test players,'' he said.

''The fact that Dravid has been dropped for two one-dayers does not mean the end of his one-day career. We would need his experience for the Australian tour. For the amount of cricket that is being played, we will need about 20 to 25 players who are fit all the time.'' ''They need to be given exposure and the team building for the 2011 World Cup should start right away,'' the former Indian coach said.

Talking about his role as the chairman of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Shastri said, ''I am there to ensure that the academy is run in a professional manner and my role is to oversee its function.'' ''Dav Whatmore as the Director of Operations will put the structure in place. It will act as a good finishing school for the elite, especially the Under-19, Under-25, Indian A team players,'' Shastri told the 'Gulf News'.

''Whatmore, with his experience, will be invaluable for the academy.'' UNI XC TB RL DS1421

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