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Indian board ignored Farokh Engineer's offer as unpaid consultant

Wednesday August 17, 2011 07:56:59 PM, IANS

London: Former wicketkeeper-batsman Farokh Engineer believes India would not have fared so poorly in England had the Indian cricket board accepted his offer to work as an "unpaid consultant" for the series.

Engineer, who has played for Lancashire and has a huge respect here revealed he offered his services to assist coach Duncan Fletcher as an unpaid advisor for the four-Test series. However Engineer, who played 46 Tests for India during the 1960s-70s, did not get any response from the Indian board or Fletcher.

India go into the fourth Test Thursday 0-3 down in the series and after surrendering the World No.1 Test tag to England.

Engineer said he was surprised to see an under-prepared Indian team.

"It amazes me that India weren't more prepared going into the series," Engineer was quoted as saying in Manchester Evening News.

"Especially so considering Duncan Fletcher is a former England coach. These people get huge sums of money, but what exactly are they doing to earn it?

Engineer said he would have loved to assist the Indian side, but his offer got no reply from the Indian board.

"Before the series began, I offered my services to the team for free as an unpaid consultant, but I didn't get any response," he said.

"Not many people in the India ranks know English conditions better than I do."

Engineer said India would have lost even if their pace spearhead Zaheer Khan had been fit.

"There is something wrong somewhere because India haven't just lost, they have been outplayed in every department," he said.

"England have been in charge with the bat, the ball, in the field and in the captaincy.

"India have had their injury problems, and the loss of Zaheer Khan was a big blow.

"But even if he had played, England would have still won the series convincingly.

"India have so many experienced batsmen in their team that it is a real surprise they have been surprised by the quality of England's bowlers in these conditions.

"It has been such a big disappointment for all India fans."

Engineer has made England his home since his nine-year stint with Lancashire, where he was part of the side which dominated the one-day game.




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