Coach Greg Chappell denied Tuesday reports appearing in Australian media that he and the Indian cricket board have mutually agreed to part ways after the World Cup next year.
"No," said Chappell in a SMS reply when IANS contacted him.
Australian media reported on Tuesday that Chappell, a former Australia captain, and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), have decided to part ways after the World Cup in the West Indies in March-April.
Chappell's contract with the BCCI signed in May 2005 ends with the World Cup. It is still unclear if the contract will be renewed after the event.
"Greg Chappell's turbulent marriage with Indian cricket is set to end in divorce after next year's World Cup," said a six-paragraph report published in the Melbourne daily Courier Mail.
It said "knives are again being sharpened for India's coach after his side was pushed over the edge in the Champions Trophy in a poor six-wicket capitulation to Australia".
The unconvincing report comes after India's exit from the ongoing Champions Trophy. India crashed out before the semi-finals after losing to Australia in Mohali Sunday.
"Failure is not an option in this cricket-obsessed country and there seems little doubt that Chappell, the 58-year-old former Australian captain, is on the way out," said the report, but did not say on what it has based its story.
It went on: "Although both parties will deny it, it is believed Chappell and the powerful Board of Control (for Cricket) in India have agreed to part ways after the World Cup next April."