BCCI didn’t approach any former Australian cricketer: Jay Shah on head coach appointment

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah has firmly refuted recent speculations suggesting that the Indian cricket board had reached out to any former Australian cricketer for the position of India’s head coach. This statement comes in response to remarks made by former Australia batsman Ricky Ponting, who disclosed having informal discussions during the IPL 2024 regarding the potential role.

Ponting mentioned, “I’d love to be a senior coach of a national team, but with the other things that I have in my life… everyone knows if you take a job working with the Indian team, you can’t be involved in an IPL team.”


In a definitive stance, Shah clarified, “Neither I nor the BCCI have approached any former Australian cricketer with a coaching offer. The reports circulating in certain media sections are completely incorrect.”

In a separate development, former Australian coach Justin Langer also distanced himself from the India head coach position after consulting with Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul. Langer emphasized the intensity of coaching in India, echoing Rahul’s sentiments about the pressure and politics involved, which dissuaded him from considering the role at present.

“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.” the BCCI top executive added.