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April 30, 2009

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There's one aspect in the Indian Premier League about which all the eight franchisees have thought alike.

It is not concerning the players. It has certainly nothing to do with the revenue. And it is definitely not the fact that all agreed to play in South Africa when the tournament was shifted.

It pertains to the appointment of coaches.

All the eight outfits opted for a foreign coach to guide their teams' fortunes in the second edition.

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    So we have five Australians, two South Africans and a Kiwi coaching the IPL teams, and not a single Indian.

    The picture in the inaugural edition wasn't as bad.

    At least two franchisees, Deccan Chargers (Robin Singh) and Mumbai Indians (Lalchand Rajput), had entrusted the responsibilities on veteran Indians.

    But blame it on lack of results, coaching techniques or extravagance on part of the owners that there's not a single Indian this time around.

    Now that IPL II is into its third week, takes the opportunity to analyse the performance of the imported coaches, their strengths and shortcomings.

    Was it unfair to sideline Indian coaches completely? Are Indian coaches not good enough?

    Tell us!

    Text: Bikash Mohapatra | Photographs: Reuters

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