Thursday, November 29, 2007

Coach Gary Kirsten?

BCCI throws yet another googly at the cricketing world!

Of all the people in the world, BCCI is supposedly paying Gary Kirsten the same amount that they allegedly paid Greg Chapell!

Why Gary Kirsten? As per his profle on Cricinfo, the coaching stint he has had so far is this: "After retiring, he spent some time with the Warriors as a consultant batting coach and, in 2006, set up his own academy in Cape Town".

Sorry, but logic gets stumped at this googly from BCCI.

Don't get me wrong, he is one of the finest batsmen to have batted for South Africa - his averages in both forms of the game are a testimony to his abilities and I respect him for that.
But coaching? Isn't it supposed to be a different ball game altogether? The skills required are simply different. If you have to go for a player, at least go for a former captain with a long stint at captaincy, those skills might overlap a little. But basically why not go for someone who is a proven successful coach in any form of the game?

Either BCCI is proving what my friend Sanjeev calls them - "Board of Corrupt Comedians of India" or else I am Big Moose from the Archie comics. D-uh!

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