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India haven't just lost, they have been outplayed: Engineer

August 17, 2011 16:37 IST

Former stumper Farokh Engineer says he offered his services, as an unpaid advisor for Team India, to coach Duncan Fletcher in the ongoing Test series, but was snubbed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

"Before the series began, I offered my services to the team for free as an unpaid consultant, but I didn't get any response," Engineer was quoted as saying in the Manchester Evening News.

India were thoroughly outplayed by a dominant England in the first three Test of the series, which is already in the hosts' pocket after taking an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Farokh EngineerFollowing the defeat in the third Test India also lost the No 1 ranking to England.

The former India wicketkeeper, who played 46 Tests during the 1960s and 70s, said he was amazed at the underpreparedness of the Indian team.

"It amazes me that India weren't more prepared going into the series," the Manchester-based Engineer said.

"Especially so considering Duncan Fletcher is a former England coach. These people get huge sums of money, but what exactly are they doing to earn it?

"Not many people in the India ranks know English conditions better than I do," added the 73-year-old, who made England his home since his nine-year stint with Lancashire.

Engineer is surprised by the lacklustre show of the Indians, who, he said, failed in all departments of the game.

"There is something wrong somewhere, because India haven't just lost, they have been outplayed in every department of the game. England have been in charge with the bat, the ball, in the field and in the captaincy," he said.

"India have had their injury problems, and the loss of Zaheer Khan was a big blow. But even if he had played, England would have still won the series convincingly.

"India have so many experienced batsmen, they have been surprised by the quality of England's bowlers in these conditions," he added.

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