Is Stephen Fleming applying for the India Coach position? CSK CEO Kasi Viswanath reveals

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Stephen Fleming

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CEO, Kasi Viswanathan, revealed an intriguing conversation he had with CSK’s head coach, Stephen Fleming, about the possibility of Fleming applying for the Indian cricket team’s coaching position.

Fleming, a former New Zealand skipper, has been a successful coach for CSK in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Since becoming head coach in 2009, he has played a crucial role alongside MS Dhoni in transforming CSK into a dominant force. His success with CSK has led to speculation about his potential interest in the Indian coaching job.

Viswanath reveals his conversation with Stephen Fleming

Viswanathan disclosed that he humorously asked Fleming if he was interested in the Indian coaching assignment after receiving numerous inquiries from Indian journalists. However, he pointed out that he doesn’t believe a full-time coaching role would suit Fleming, who prefers shorter stints and is not keen on being involved for nine to ten months a year.

“Actually, I got a lot of calls from the Indian journalists enquiring where Stephen is interested in taking up a job with the Indian team. So I jocularly asked Stephen, have you applied for the Indian coaching assignment? And Stephen just laughed and said, Do you want me to? I know that it’s not going to be his cup of tea because he doesn’t like to be involved for nine to 10 months in a year. That is my feeling. I have not discussed anything more with him,” CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan said in a video posted by CSK.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) invited applications for the head coach role with an advertisement on May 13, confirming that May 27 – a day after the IPL 2024 final – would be the deadline for sending in applications. The board is inclined toward getting a foreign coach on board.

The next coach’s tenure will run until December 31, 2027, covering a crucial period that includes the 2027 ODI World Cup. Stephen Fleming, a celebrated former New Zealand captain and a highly successful coach with CSK, is amongst the prominent names being speculated for the position.

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