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Justin Langer to Coach Team India? BCCI Secretary Jay Shah Clears the Air! 🏏

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is on the lookout for a new head coach for Team India. Current coach Rahul Dravid's tenure was extended till the 2024 T20 World Cup, but he is expected to step down afterward. Recent reports suggested that the BCCI approached former Australian cricketers Justin Langer, Ricky Ponting, and Shane Watson for the position. Langer's recent comments about the pressures and politics of being Team India's head coach fueled these rumors. However, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has clarified that no such discussions took place.

Shah stated, "Neither I nor any BCCI office bearers have approached any former Australian cricketer for the head coach position. These reports are baseless. The selection process is thorough, and we aim to choose someone who understands Indian cricket deeply and can take the team to new heights. The new coach must also have a good grasp of Indian domestic cricket. We are looking for someone dynamic and suitable for the role."

The deadline for applications is May 27, 6 PM, and the tenure for the new head coach will be three and a half years, ending on December 31, 2027. Candidates must be under 60 years of age. While the number and names of applicants are yet to be revealed, sources suggest BCCI is inclined towards either Gautam Gambhir or Stephen Fleming. Reports indicate that MS Dhoni has been tasked with convincing Fleming, currently the coach of Chennai Super Kings, to take up the role.