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India bowling coach Joe Dawes has announced that he and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have gone their separate ways after he refused to work at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
Dawes stated that the decision “was absolutely amicable” and he was also quick to dismiss reports by the Courier Mail, a Brisbane-based newspaper, that he had been sacked.
“It was absolutely amicable,” Dawes told ESPNcricinfo. “We were involved in a process over the past two months that we had been working through.
“The actual process and what went on, I don’t really want to talk about it. It is just not worth talking about it. We parted ways really amicably and I don’t want to risk in any shape or form.”
Dawes also told the Courier Mail that the BCCI “thought there was a language barrier issue”.
”They thought there was a language barrier issue,” Dawes said. ”But I had things in place to assist me with that. I have a very simple grasp of Hindi but cricket is also a universal language. I would use either the manager or one of the bowlers who spoke English to communicate. I would use Ishant Sharma all the time because he spoke good English. I would always make sure he was around to give me a hand.”
However, when speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Dawes insisted no one told him about the language barrier being an issue.
“The only time I heard was about a supposed leaked BCCI report that Ravi Shastri wrote (about language barrier being a reason),” he said. “But I have not seen that or been told that directly by anyone.”
Dawes also admitted that he was disappointed to have parted ways with the BCCI just prior to India’s tour of Australia.
“I was looking forward to the tour of Australia,” he said. “No doubt. But things happen in life for a reason. They wanted to get some Indian coaches involved. It is a tough one.
“We had been working towards this tour from the England Test series in India two years ago. We had already started planning from then since we knew we had a good 18 months with tours in South Africa, England and Australia. What we were trying to create was a unit to work together, a unit that would know each other personally, was going to go out and bowl their hearts out not just for India but also for each other.”
Dawes also revealed that his proudest achievement was helping seamer Ishant Sharma grow from being a supporting bowler to leader of the pace attack.
“We made some really good progress as a group,” he said. “The proudest (achievement) was Ishant. All the credit goes to Ishant, but the turnaround Ishant has had over the last 12-18 months has been exceptional. He has gone from someone who was in a little bit of wilderness coming back from injury. More importantly from my point of view he is turning into the leader of that bowling group which someone of his experience should be doing and he is doing really well looking after that young group.”
Dawes also believes that India are in good hands with Sanjay Bangar, B Arun and R Sridhar, all of whom were appointed as support staff and will remain with the national team until the end of the 2015 World Cup.
“I know all three guys who have come in,” Dawes said. “They are all unbelievable operators. The two that I have worked with in particular (at Kings XI), Sridhar and Sanjay Bangar, are really good blokes as well. I have good relationships with them and look forward to catching up with them when they are in Brisbane for the Test.”