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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 February, 2005, 12:57 GMT
India coach Wright hints at exit
John Wright
Wright (right) chats to captain Sourav Ganguly
John Wright has hinted that the forthcoming home series against Pakistan could be his last as coach of the Indian team.

"My contract ends in May this year and there is always a lot of speculation about what will happen in the future.

"I assume the next contract will be till the 2007 World Cup. I don't think I am ready to commit myself till then," said the former New Zealand captain.

Wright became India's first foreign coach in November 2000.

He has been in charge for 49 Tests with a record of 20 wins, 14 defeats and 15 draws.

The highlights were victory in Pakistan last year and a creditable 1-1 draw in Australia on their 2003-04 tour.

In one-day internationals, India have won 66 of the 124 games played since Wright's appointment and lost 52, including the 2003 World Cup final against Australia.

He has yet to discuss his future with the Indian Board of Control.

"My first priority is the Pakistan series, which is very important to all of us. The other things will fall into place," he added.

Wright took the Indian job after spending four seasons as coach of English county side Kent.

He brought in his own overseas backroom team of physio Andrew Leipus - now replaced by John Gloster - and psychologist Sandy Gordon, both from Australia, and South African trainer Gregory Allan King.

Some of his methods did not always find favour.

"I do feel only an Indian can understand the psychology of Indians," former Indian spinner Maninder Singh said in 2003.

"Wright naturally thinks like a Kiwi. Sometimes he is just too nice."


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