Melbourne: John Buchanan has turned down a potentially lucrative offer from India, but the outgoing Australian mentor has not entirely ruled out a return to international coaching in the future.
Buchanan confirmed that he was “indirectly” approached before leaving for the Caribbean World Cup by Indian officials, who were keen to gauge his interest in succeeding Greg Chappell as their coach after the World Cup.
But after almost eight years at the helm of Australia, Buchanan was not immediately ready for another international assignment and accordingly, did not follow up the Indian approach. Still, the veteran coach said he would retain an open mind regarding overseas opportunities.
At the moment I am looking for new challenges as a mentor coach and speaking to Cricket Australia and the Australian Sports Commission about that, as well as a move into corporate coaching.
“Yes, there is still some interest (in international coaching). But, and it’s a big but, it would be very much dependent upon my family” were his parting words.