Cricket Australia (CA) has revealed that Justin Langer did not accept a short-term contract that was offered after thorough consideration by the board.
There were certain factors including the future of the team in mind and an opportunity to defend the T20 World Cup title this year at home. However, Langer turned it down and tendered his resignation on Saturday morning.
“Justin was offered a short-term extension to his current contract, which sadly he has opted not to accept,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.
Several former players have voiced their opinions on the matter, berating CA for handling Langer’s situation very poorly. Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden were among the former pros who expressed disappointment.
“We are naturally disappointed Justin has decided against continuing as a coach” – Cricket Australia CEO
CA CEO Nick Hockley was distraught that Langer opted against renewing the contract but was grateful that he brought Australia back on track after the Sandpaper Gate in Cape Town.
“Justin has been an outstanding coach of the Australian men’s team over the past four years. He has restored the trust in the team and his legacy is assured.”
“We are extremely proud of his achievements since he took over in 2018, including the recent T20 World Cup victory and Ashes success. We are naturally disappointed Justin has decided against continuing as a coach but respect his decision and wish him all the best in the future,” CA CEO Nick Hockley stated.
Andrew McDonald has been appointed as the interim head coach of the Australian team for the series against Sri Lanka.