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BCCI have not approached any former Australian cricketer to become India coach, Jay Shah confirms

BCCI have not approached any former Australian cricketer to become India coach, Jay Shah confirms

With both Australian candidates out of the picture, the BCCI's search for Rahul Dravid's successor narrows its focus.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has poured cold water on rumors linking them with former Australian cricketers Justin Langer and Ricky Ponting for the head coach position of the Indian national team.

BCCI Prioritizes Domestic Experience

BCCI secretary Jay Shah released a statement clarifying the board’s stance. He emphasized the prestigious nature of the head coach role and the importance of nurturing Indian talent. Shah asserted that the BCCI is seeking a candidate with a deep understanding of the Indian cricket structure and experience within the domestic system.

Media speculation off mark: Jay Shah

The statement firmly denies any approach made towards Australian coaches. Shah highlights the meticulous selection process underway, focusing on identifying someone who can elevate Indian cricket to new heights.

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What did Jay Shah said about Australian Coaches?

BCCI secretary Jay Shah in a statement said:

“When we talk about international cricket, no role is more prestigious than that of the Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team. Team India commands the largest fan base globally, enjoying support that is truly unrivalled. Our rich history, passion for the game make this one of the most lucrative jobs in the world. The role demands a high level of professionalism as one gets to nurture some of the best cricketers in the world and an assembly line of talented cricketers to follow. Catering to the aspirations of a billion fans is a huge honour and the BCCI will pick the right candidate, capable of propelling Indian cricket forward.”

“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.”

Australian coaches out of race?

The rumors surrounding Justin Langer and Ricky Ponting have been further quelled by the actions of the individuals themselves.

  • Justin Langer:

The former Australian opener, currently coaching the Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL, revealed discussions with KL Rahul, captain of the Lucknow franchise. Rahul reportedly cautioned Langer about the intense pressure and complex team dynamics involved in coaching the Indian team.

  • Ricky Ponting:

The Delhi Capitals head coach, while initially open to discussions, ultimately declined the BCCI’s offer, citing scheduling conflicts and a desire not to disrupt his current lifestyle.

Search Continues for BCCI for India Coach

With both Australian candidates out of the picture, the BCCI’s search for Rahul Dravid’s successor narrows its focus. The emphasis appears to be on finding an experienced Indian coach who can leverage their domestic cricket knowledge to propel the Indian team forward.

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