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Andrew Alderson: Vettori accepting Indian head coaching role would shock

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Daniel Vettori. Photo / Getty
Daniel Vettori. Photo / Getty

It would shock if Daniel Vettori accepted the head coaching role of the Indian cricket team.

As someone who served the New Zealand side for 18 years, playing record numbers of tests and one-day internationals, and touring as much as any cricketer in our national history, the thought of continuing to rustle through his favourite suitcase for months on end can hardly appeal.

The 37-year-old has a wife and three children, of whom the eldest is seven. The former all-rounder can now enjoy their school years safe in the knowledge he is only contracted about four months each year coaching in the Indian Premier League (with the Royal Challengers Bangalore until the end of the 2017 season) and Australian Big Bash (with the Brisbane Heat until the 2017-18 season).

Endorsements deals and other business commitments to supplement his income will fill more of his schedule, but it leaves around eight months to be at the school gates and in the backyard when it counts. He might even find time to help with their homework and do a few chores.

Presumably he has enough savings and investments spread across multiple platforms that he will never live hand-to-mouth.

Why would Vettori spurn such an idyllic and hard-earned lifestyle to assume one of international sport's most scrutinised coaching jobs with a team who play as much as any other? The odds don't stack up.

However, it is a smart and pragmatic ploy from Indian (and Bangalore) captain Virat Kohli to push for Vettori. As a fledgling international captain he will want someone alongside who is concillatory and trustworthy. Kohli is understood to have at least as much control as Vettori over decisions at the Bangalore franchise. The drive to recruit Vettori would allow Kohli to build his power base sooner, rather than constructing a fresh relationship with a newcomer.

With Ravi Shastri stepping down as team director, India are without a 'coach', or at least figurehead. Former captain Rahul Dravid is believed to have been approached by the BCCI governing body.

Any approach to Vettori would match a theme. India have preferred big-name foreign coaches since Kapil Dev stepped down in 2000. New Zealand's John Wright took charge then, followed by Greg Chappell (2005-07), Gary Kirsten (2007-11) and Duncan Fletcher (2011-15). Just don't expect Vettori to join the dynasty.

- NZ Herald

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Andrew writes and broadcasts on cricket and the Olympic disciplines for NZME's print, digital, video and radio platforms. His most recent project followed New Zealand sportspeople competing in Europe during the 2015 northern summer. He has attended four cricket World Cups, three Olympics and regularly works as a correspondent overseas.

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