Jay Shah clarifies after Langer, Ponting comments: ‘Neither I nor BCCI have approached any ex-Australian cricketer with coaching offer’ | Cricket News


A day after Justin Langer revealed that he had turned down the chance to coach the Indian men’s cricket team after being approached by people in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), BCCI secretary Jay Shah clarified that no one from BCCI had approached “any any  former Australian cricketer with coaching offer”.

Not just Langer, who is currently working with the Lucknow Super Giants, Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting, who is at the helm of the Delhi Capitals team, also revealed he had held talks about a role with the Indian cricket team, but had refused.

“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,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a statement. “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.”

Shah went on to add: “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.”

Langer had told BBC’s Stumped podcast that a chat with LSG skipper KL Rahul had led to him declining India offer. “I was talking to KL Rahul [the captain at Lucknow Super Giants, where Langer is the head coach] 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,” Langer shared.

Festive offer

Meanwhile, Ponting had told ICC that he had turned down the India offer because it did not “fit into his lifestyle right now”.

“A national head coach is a 10 or 11-month of the year job, and as much as I’d like to do it, it just doesn’t fit into my lifestyle right now and the things that I really enjoy doing,” Ponting had said.

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