Jay Shah takes a dig at Ricky Ponting, Justin Langer, and Andy Flower after denying head coach role to Australians

Published - 24 May 2024, 12:48 PM | Updated - 24 May 2024, 12:50 PM

Jay Shah, Ricky Ponting, and Justin Langer
Jay Shah, Ricky Ponting, and Justin Langer (Image Credits: Twitter)

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah has stated that the board hasn't approached any former Australian cricketer for the head coach role. Jay Shah stated that the BCCI is focused on finding candidates with a deep understanding of Indian cricket and its domestic structure.

Team India head coach Rahul Dravid's tenure will end after the T20 World Cup 2024 in the West Indies and the USA in June. Dravid can reapply for the position of head coach of the India men's cricket team. However, the 51-year-old is unlikely to apply for another stint with the Indian cricket team.

As per reports, several candidates have been considered to succeed Rahul Dravid. Delhi Capitals coach and former Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting recently revealed that he was approached by the Indian board for the role. However, Ponting stated that he declined the offer due to his current lifestyle.

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) head coach Andy Flower stated that he will not apply for the head coach role of the Men in Blue. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CEO Kasi Viswanathan stated that Stephen Fleming is not interested in a year-long commitment with the Indian national cricket team.

It's Crucial That Out Coach Has An In-Depth Knowledge - Jay Shah

On Friday, May 24, Jay Shah stated that finding the right coach is a meticulous process. Shah emphasized the importance of the coach having a deep understanding of Indian domestic cricket to elevate Team India to the next level.

“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 said in a statement.

The Role Demands A High Level Of Professionalism - Jay Shah

The BCCI secretary stated that the BCCI will pick the right candidate to propel Indian cricket forward. The 35-year-old stated that the role demands a high level of professionalism and nurturing talented cricketers.

“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 unrivaled. Our rich history and 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 honor and the BCCI will pick the right candidate, capable of propelling Indian cricket forward,” Shah added.

The application deadline for the head coach position is May 27, 2024. Minimum criteria include 30 Test appearances, 50 ODIs, or two years as head coach of a full-member Test-playing nation. Three years of IPL, associate nation, or first-class coaching experience are also acceptable.

The selected coach will receive a three-and-a-half-year contract ending in 2027. India prefers a single coach for all formats, unlike England, South Africa, and Pakistan's split coaching approach.

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