New Delhi: Former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara on Sunday said that it is a 'shame' that no Indian coach was found competent to train the World champions.

Sangakkara was surprised that despite so many exceptional Indian cricketers around, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) found no one competent for the job.

He said, “Having produced some many good cricketers in the region, it is a shame that no suitable candidate was found competent to take over the national side.”

Sangakkara said it important for the boards to make the full use of the home grown coaches.

“In Sri Lanka we lost a great opportunity in Chandika Hathurusingha, who was capable enough to take over the national side. Unfortunately, we lost him to Australia,' Sangakkara said.

Hathurusingha, a one-time shadow coach of the Sri Lanka team, was suspended by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on disciplinary grounds in June before he decided to migrate to Australia.

During his three-year tenure, Hathurusingha played a crucial role in shaping the players' mental make-up which made them successful at international level.

“Finding a No.1 coach is the most difficult hurdle that any board would face. Those are difficult choices and from a Sri Lankan perspective everybody would like to have a Sri Lankan as the coach of the national team,” he said.

Sangakara also added, “From this part of the world having a local coach means the person comes in with a lot of baggage with past experiences that might colour his views on coaching and players in the particular side that he takes over. So sometimes having a foreign coach is convenient from these points of view.”

(Agencies)