BCCI Secretary Jay Shah denies the rumours of approaching former Australian Cricketers for Head Coach Job

Jay Shah

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been the centre of attention in the cricketing world due to the upcoming vacancy for the position of head coach of the Indian cricket team. Recently, rumours circulated that the BCCI had approached former Australian cricketers for the coveted role. However, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has categorically denied these reports.

The current coach, Rahul Dravid’s tenure is set to end after the 2024 T20 World Cup. This has led to widespread speculation about his potential successor.

Jay Shah’s comments about approaching Australians

“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,” Jay Shah said in a statement.

Shah emphasized that the process of finding the right coach for the national team is meticulous and thorough. The focus is on identifying individuals who possess a deep understanding of the Indian cricket structure and have risen through the ranks. This statement hints at the possibility of the next head coach being an Indian.

“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,” Shah said.

The rumours had specifically mentioned Ricky Ponting, the two-time World Cup-winning Australian skipper, and Justin Langer as potential candidates. Both Ponting and Langer are currently involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the head coaches of Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Super Giants, respectively.

Ponting had acknowledged that he was approached during the IPL to gauge his interest in the role. However, he declined the offer as it did not fit with his lifestyle at the moment. He also mentioned that accepting the job would mean giving up his role in the IPL.

The role of the head coach of the Indian Cricket Team is one of the most prestigious in international cricket. The team commands the largest fan base globally and enjoys unrivalled support. The role demands a high level of professionalism as it involves nurturing some of the best cricketers in the world and a pipeline of talented cricketers to follow.

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