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Prasad bats for Indian coaches

Mumbai: Saying that Indians are second to none, former pacer Venkatesh Prasad on Monday advocated having more Indian coaches in the Indian Premier League set-up.

Out of eight IPL teams, only Kings XI Punjab have an Indian coach in Sanjay Bangar. “It is an Indian Premier League. It is good to have a mix of foreign coaches, foreign players, because you are definitely going to improve your knowledge of the game, but it is not true that only foreigners are knowledgeable.

“Please let us not go by that. I think that is something which people need to understand,” said the 44-year-old former bowler said.

“I have seen so many players who are better than the foreign players. There are so many Indian coaches are better than the foreign coaches, who are part of the IPL set-up now,” added the Bangalore-born Prasad who played 33 Tests and 161 ODIs for the country between 1996 and 2001.

Prasad, who had been associated with the RCB and CSK as bowling coach in the past, is not a part of any IPL franchise this year and he termed it as ‘disappointing’.