Kapil Dev feels Indian team needs a manager, not coach: Report

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Bengaluru, May 29: Former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev feels a high-profile Indian team today needs a good manager than a coach.

Kapil Dev said this while speaking to CNN-IBN.

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Kapil, who guided India to their first World Cup win in 1983, said he would not like to see too many foreign cricketers getting involved with one team.

He said the team needs a good captain and a former cricketer who is not a coach but a manager. He told the channel that in a team where cricketers are rockstars and superstars, it is very important to manage them. According to the former cricketer, today's players need a colleague who can help them if they are down and out.

But the 56-year-old said he rules himself out from the race to become India's coach. Kapil Dev was made India's coach in 1999-2000 when Sachin Tendulkar was the captain but the side had a mediocre stint. It was drubbed in Australia where it could win just one one-day international and even lost a Test series at home in 2000 to South Africa, after 23 years.

It was after Kapil's stint that India took to appointing foreign coaches

The former fast bowler, who has the second-most number of Test wickets for India after Anil Kumble, said he is now too old to take up the job. He said he hasn't played the game for more than 20 years now and now it's late for him to become a coach again.

Kapil Dev had represented India between 1978 and 1994 when he broke Richard Hadlee's record to become the highest wicket-taker in Tests till Courtney Walsh bettered him.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is currently in the midst of things to sort out a confusion over appointing a support staff for Team India, including the coach, ahead of the short series in Bengladesh starting June 7.

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