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No room for second place, says City Kaitak coach Robin Singh ahead of 2017 Hong Kong T20 Blitz

The former Indian international is looking forward to returning to the city where he coached for two years

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 December, 2016, 8:30pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 December, 2016, 10:29pm

Former India international and ex-Hong Kong coach Robin Singh said he was looking forward to his return to the city as coach and mentor of the City Kaitak franchise who will take part in March’s Hong Kong T20 Blitz.

Singh, who played one test and 136 one-day matches for India, coached Hong Kong from 2004 to 2006 and has been roped in by City Kaitak to lead their team in the second edition of the Blitz.

“I am looking forward to getting involved with the guys again,” said Singh, who also coached the Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. “I would love to see the progress they have made in the last five years and add some value to their growth.”

Watch: Robin Singh coaching in Chennai

During Singh’s time in charge, Hong Kong reached the 2004 Asian Cup. He went on to coach the Indian A team and had a stint as fielding coach of the national squad.

Recognised as one of India’s best-ever fielders, Singh’s hopes to instil confidence in his side for the Hong Kong Blitz.

And he said the aim was to win the tournament. “My philosophy is simple. Train very hard, be confident, back your ability and winning is everything. There’s no room for the second best.”

Singh has the pedigree to have a huge influence given his strong T20 background.

“I hope to use my years of coaching experience at the highest level to the advantage of the team and give insights of what it takes to be at the top.

“I know the T20 tournament was done before in Hong Kong. A new team is added this year and like most other franchise tournaments around the world, this should help the cricketers and fraternity become more professional,” he added.