T20 World Cup 2024: Mahela Jayawardene to replace Rahul Dravid as head coach? Fresh report reveals

Published - 03 Jun 2024, 03:20 PM | Updated - 03 Jun 2024, 03:47 PM

Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene (Image Credits: Twitter)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly considering former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene as a candidate for the position of head coach for Team India. The board is accepting applications over the next few weeks to find a successor to the current head coach Rahul Dravid.

Rahul Dravid became the head coach of Team India in November 2021 and signed a two-year contract. The 51-year-old was granted an extension by the BCCI until the 2024 T20 World Cup. Dravid can reapply for the job, but he is reportedly not interested in another stint with the Indian cricket team.

The BCCI is considering several candidates for the head coach position. The cricket board has reportedly contacted three foreign IPL coaches, including Stephen Fleming and Ricky Ponting. Gautam Gambhir, the mentor for the Kolkata Knight Riders, has been approached for the role, according to ESPNCricinfo.

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) head coach Justin Langer is not keen on resuming international coaching after his tenure with the Australian national cricket team. Stephen Fleming, head coach of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), is also unlikely to take on a full-time coaching position with the international team.

Mahela Jayawardene Approached By BCCI For Head Coach Role

The Hindustan Times reported on Sunday, May 19, that Mahela Jayawardene is among the leading candidates to become India's new head coach.

Mahela Jayawardene currently serves as the head of cricket for the Mumbai Indians. The former Sri Lankan captain manages the franchise's teams across different leagues globally. He previously served as the head coach for the Mumbai Indians, leading them to three IPL championships in 2017, 2019, and 2020.

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