Why should foreign coaches alone be under pressure to perform?
Before the recent Asian Games, the Sports Ministry was reported to have put India’s foreign coaches on notice.India’s ensemble of foreign coaches were under a lot of pressure to perform at the Asian Games. The Sports Ministry’s expectations were high as they felt they have spent enough on the coaches to get the best out of the athletes. Hockey coaches Roelant Oltmans and Terry Walsh were among those who were under tremendous pressure to perform. The Sports Ministry and the Sports Authority of India expected a gold from the men’s hockey team which would help them qualify directly for the Rio Olympics. “Anything lesser than gold will be viewed seriously,” sources said before the start of the Asian Games. “We are paying over $30,000 to the experts in hockey. They have been on the job for some time now. It’s time they delivered.” Fair enough. But why should foreign coaches alone be under pressure to perform?
India’s assistant cricket coach Sanjay Bangar feels competence, not nationality, should be the sole criteria while judging a coach and criticism should never be based on whether the person is an Indian or not. “It should never be termed as an Indian or an overseas coach. We need to get over such things. You need to be competent enough. You need to be challenging your own benchmark on a regular basis,” Bangar told ESPNcricinfo…Bangar, who retired from first-class cricket last year, was handpicked by Ravi Shastri, the team director during the England ODI series, because he felt that an Indian could serve the team better.
“It all boils down to individuals. How badly one wants to make a mark that probably drives the kind of work he eventually does,” Bangar said. When he received a call from the Board recently,
Bangar was putting in place plans for Kings XI Punjab’s campaign in the Champions League T20 as only the second Indian head coach of an IPL franchise.
Discarded as unfit for T20 in 2009, Bangar excelled as coach when his tactics and open approach helped Kings XI to make their maiden IPL final, where they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders, the same franchise that had sent Bangar back home five