Shane Warne expresses interest in coaching India
As Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials begin the hunt for their next head coach, former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has expressed his interest in the high profile job.
India have been without a head coach since Duncan Fletcher left the job after the 2015 World Cup, after which Ravi Shastri was appointed as team manager.
But with the contract of Shastri ending with the ICC World Twenty20, the BCCI has tasked the responsibility of selecting the new head coach to the Cricket Advisory Committee of BCCI which comprises former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.
Warne, who attended a Monarch Cruise event along with Tendulkar and Brett Lee said he is keen to take up the role of coaching a bunch of talented Indian cricketers.
"I would love to work with the Indian team,” said Warne.
"They are a very talented, wonderful team to work for.
"There’s a lot of pressure (working with them).
“There are about a billion-plus people supporting the Indian cricket team. If you make a mistake you cop it.
“I have copped it plenty of times on many different things.”
Warne had a successful stint in the Indian Premier League leading the now-suspended Rajasthan Royals team to title win in the inaugural edition and also took on a player-coach role for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League 2013 season.
Currently, Warne is engaged as a commentator and has also partnered with Tendulkar in the Cricket All Stars concept.
However, the 46-year-old made it clear that he he were to be appointed as the Indian team coach, he would give it his full attention.
"So after all this there’s not many days left," Warne said.
"If I’m to put myself in the ring to coach India or any other team, it means other things will be left out.
"(If) an opportunity presents itself, I will always weigh it up.
"If you can’t give your 100 per cent to whatever it may be you (are) better off saying no.”
Earlier, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said that he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Shastri being appointed as head coach given his good relationship with the players.
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