Trevor Penney likely to be India's fielding coach

Trevor Penney pictured during a net practice session with the Sri Lankan team Getty Images

New Delhi: May 24, 2011

Sri Lanka’s former assistant coach Trevor Penney could be the Indian cricket team’s next fielding coach with Duncan Fletcher planning to bring him on board as part of his support staff.

Fletcher, who took over as India’s national coach from Gary Kirsten after the team’s World Cup triumph last month, is keen on bringing the 42-year-old Penny.

Penney has worked with Fletcher earlier also as the part-time fielding coach of England in 2005 before becoming Tom Moody’s assistant with the Sri Lankan team. He was a deputy to Moody even in the IPL with the Kings XI Punjab franchise.

India have not had a fielding coach for two years now with Robin Singh being the last to be appointed to the post.

Mike Young, who was Australia’s fielding coach, worked as a consultant in late 2009.

Penney is likely to join the squad from the West Indies tour which begins on June 4, BCCI sources said.

Penny played for 17 years with English county Warwickshire, and was among England’s substitute fielders for the 2005 Ashes.

When Moody decided to move to Western Australia after his Sri Lanka stint, Penney joined him there and later worked as Moody’s deputy at IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab.