first_imgWith the issue of foreign coaches also troubling many a With the issue of foreign coaches also troubling many a legend of the national game, Batra said that the time is not far when India wil have their won home-grown professionals. “You will see many Indian coaches come up in the next 3 to 4 years. We are in the process of building a pool of professionals who can really take the game to a new level. Young officials have adapted to the changes in the game and that is encouraging and I can see Indian coaches making a mark in the next few years,” he said. “Having said that we should not be shortsighted in our approach and segregate the coaches as foreign and India. We have never had any egos as far as hiring foreign professionals are concerned. I dont know whether I am right or wrong in my assessment, but I believe our neighbours Pakistan are lagging behind on this count and have failed to catch-up with the changing ways in the game,” he added. Also talking about Gurbaj Singhs ban hearing on September 18 — a day after the HIL auctions, Batra said that the talented midfielder would certainly be including in the reserve pool if the suspension is lifted. The senior player was suspended in August this year for nine months for indulging in groupism and creating disharmony within the team. “If Gurbajs ban is removed in the hearing on September 18 then he will certainly be included in the HIL reserve players pool and I am sure teams will be happy to pick him,” he said. With two-wheeler giant, Heros name missing from the latest banner of HIL season 4, scribes were curious to know the status of their deal with the title sponsor and Batra said, “We had a three-year contract with them, which has expired and they need to renew it. We are in the process of finalising the contracts with a lot of or sponsors and Hero is one of them. “We have offered a five-year deal, now its upto them to take it. Only STAR has renewed its contract with us and they are on board with us.” PTI FK SSC AHadvertisementlast_img

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