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Business News/ Sports / Cricket News/  'BCCI didn't approach any former Australian cricketer': Jay Shah on appointing Rahul Dravid's replacement

'BCCI didn't approach any former Australian cricketer': Jay Shah on appointing Rahul Dravid's replacement

BCCI refutes reports of approaching ex-Australian cricketer for India head coach position. Emphasizes on selecting coach with understanding of Indian cricket system and domestic framework for Team India's success.

(FILES) BCCI secretary Jay Shah. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP) (AFP)Premium
(FILES) BCCI secretary Jay Shah. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP) (AFP)

BCCI secretary Jay Shah has categorically stated that the Indian cricket board has not approached any former Australian cricketer with an offer to become the next India head coach. The statement comes a day after former Australia batsman Ricky Ponting said he had a few one-on-one conversations during IPL 2024 to gauge his interest in taking up the top job.

“I've seen a lot of reports about it…There were a few little one-on-one conversations during the IPL, just to get a level of interest from me as to whether I would do it," Ponting was quoted as saying by ICC on Thursday.

“I'd love to be a senior coach of a national team, but with the other things that I have in my life and wanting to have a bit of time at home…everyone knows if you take a job working with the Indian team, you can't be involved in an IPL team, so it would take that out of it as well." the former Aussie skipper added.

Jay Shah clears BCCI's stand on head coach offer:

In a statement about the issue, Shah said, “Neither I nor the BCCI have approached any former Australian cricketer with a coaching offer. The reports circulating in certain media sections are completely incorrect," 

 “Finding the right coach for our national team is a meticulous and thorough process. We are focused on identifying individuals who possess a deep understanding of the Indian cricket structure and have risen through the ranks. It’s crucial that our coach has an in-depth knowledge of our domestic cricket framework to truly elevate Team India to the next level." the BCCI top executive added. 

Justin Langer clears stand on taking India coach position: 

Apart from Ponting, another former Aussie batter Justin Langer had ruled himself out of the India head coach race on Thursday. Langer stated that he made the decision after consulting with LSG skipper KL Rahul. 

 "The pressure of doing it in India… I was talking to KL Rahul and he said, 'You know, if you think there's pressure and politics in an IPL team, multiply that by a thousand, [that's] coaching India. That was a good bit of advice, I guess. It would be an awesome job, but not for me at the moment," the former Aussie coach added.


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Published: 24 May 2024, 10:56 AM IST
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