Former Sri Lankan cricketer appointed as India’s new assistant fielding coach.
After the failure of the men in blue in the overseas test series against the British, the team management has come under immense pressure to scrutinize things that went wrong. In its attempt to do so, it has come up with some hasty decisions. Sri Lankan first class cricketer, Nuwan Seneviratne has been appointed as assistant fielding coach for the team by the BCCI.
The current fielding coach for team India is Ramakrishnan Sridhar who is also a former Indian first class cricketer. He would be assisted by Nuwan who has signed an annual contract with BCCI starting from the Asia cup at UAE and ending with the ICC Cricket World Cup at England and Wales next year.
The 38 year old cricketer although may have a very brief career of playing only two first class games but he has had long term associations with the Sri Lankan board as being their fielding coach as well ever since decades. His tenure of holding responsibility for his home team had just ended which opened gates for India to entrust him with the new responsibility.
Seneviratne has scored only 112 runs in total in the two first class matches with a fifty in four innings and an average of 37.33. He has also delivered 144 balls in medium fast fashion conceding 55 runs and yet to bag a wicket. He was however popular in the field for his strong throwing arms.
This selection of the new staff into the team has not been well received by the Indian audience, considering the fellow’s limited popularity in the area of cricket. Upon publication of this news by a Sri Lankan reporter, they have mocked the BCCI’s decision for having done so, through various harsh comments on twitter.
They believe that BCCI could do a lot better in their pursuit of a new fielding coach and appoint someone having the required expertise and not just for name sake in a hurry.
India will now be focussing on the Asia cup to be held at UAE where it will face against strong competitors such as Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It needs to prepare itself accordingly before taking up this challenge and some one having the required experience and maturity would be preferred.
The team management should invest greater time and money to appoint a successful and popular face for their staff members. It is not about the general public and their opinion but the players’ performance overall that matters the most. Although criticisms are pouring in over such a decision by the BCCI, the main motives behind doing so lies within the management. It needs to clarify its objectives with the public officially to end all rumours and back talk.