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Bedi is for an Indian as coach

Calcutta: Former captain Bishan Singh Bedi, India’s first coach (though his designation was cricket manager) is all for an Indian to replace Duncan Fletcher.

“Look, I’ve always maintained that an Indian must coach our cricketers... I’d held this view even when the team was doing well under John Wright and Gary Kirsten...

“Why this obsession with a foreign coach? Also, why should only the coach be a foreigner? The Board president and secretary may as well be imported,” Bedi told The Telegraph on Friday.

Except for around 10 months from May 2007, after Greg Chappell’s resignation, a foreigner has been in the coach’s chair from November 2000, when Wright took charge.

Another former captain, Sourav Ganguly, it may be recalled, recently called for an Indian to be given the job.