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    June 05, 2007

    Circus or a red herring?

    Just when everyone thought that Dav Whatmore was a shoo-in for the job of India's next coach, the BCCI dropped a couple of bombshells.

    Yesterday, it clarified that Whatmore was out and that Graham Ford and an anonymous firang foreigner were the ones left standing. Today, the identity of the anonymous one was revealed - John Emburey.

    Firstly, although it'd be useful to know the basis on which Whatmore was ruled out, it is surely too much to expect transparency from the BCCI. Secondly, now that John Emburey has been identified as a contender, it seems like he wasn't too successful when he coached Northamptonshire or Middlesex. It is interesting to note that India's last coach was not exactly too successful when he coached in domestic cricket.

    If the BCCI (or the players, for that matter) has seen something in Embers that the ECB hasn't (I don't recollect him being anywhere in the reckoning after Duncan Fletcher quit), we sure would love to know what Emburey 'brings to the table'.

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    John Buchanan and Steve Rixon (allegedly in line for the Australia job) also had rubbish records in county cricket. Tom Moody's wasn't up to much either. It doesn't mean anything.

    Still, I'm looking forward to either of the two candidates working with the Indian spinners.

    By Blogger Geoff (05-Jun-2007, 7:52:00 PM)  

    Geoff - That is specifically why I didn't refer specifically to English domestic cricket.

    Buchanan flopped at Middlesex, but he had been a major success with Queensland. Steve Rixon (as per Cricinfo) was a huge success with NSW and NZ. Again, going by a few reports on Cricinfo, Worcestershire did fairly well when Moody was in charge (topping division 2 in 2003 etc.)

    I was suggesting to Ganesh that the compromise would be Graham Ford as coach, Robin Singh as fielding coach and John Emburey as spinning coach :)

    By Blogger Jagadish (05-Jun-2007, 11:31:00 PM)  

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