Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Geoff Marsh, will coach Sahara Pune Warriors

Former Australia opener Geoff Marsh was quite excited about his new role as head coach of the Sahara Pune Warriors IPL team and didn't take time to admire the money-spinning league.

The former coach of the Australian World Cup winning side of 1999 said though he would be coaching a T20 side for the first time, he was ready for bigger challenges.

On the future of Test cricket, Marsh said, "Any format of the game cannot kill Test cricket, and I feel that continuous public support for Test cricket is a proof of that."

 Asked about the team he would be coaching in the IPL and the challenges it will face, especially in the selection of big names, Marsh said his franchise was hoping the BCCI would give them a level-playing field and that all the players would be allowed to go into open auction.

Former England all-rounder, Dermot Reeve, who was appointed assistant coach of the Pune Warriors, too was delighted. "It's going to be very exciting. I have played six-a-side cricket, but here every ball is going to be an event," said Reeve, who played 29 ODIs, including the World Cup final in 1992.
While announcing the appointment of Marsh and Reeve on Monday evening, Sahara India's managing worker and chairman, Subrata Roy, said he would use his veto to give enough representation to cricketers from Uttar Pradesh in the Pune Warriors team at the time of selection.

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