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'Coaching India is right step forward'

Widely tipped to be India's next coach, the former Aussie cricketer says the job would be a logical extension to a bigger challenge.

cricket Updated: May 28, 2007 13:45 IST

Dav Whatmore, widely tipped to be India's next coach, on Monday said he was keen for the job because it was the right step forward in the learning process as a coach.

"It is a logical extension to a bigger challenge. It is the right step forward in the learning process as a coach," said outgoing Bangladesh coach Whatmore.

"After four years you need a different challenge. I was asked by the Bangladesh Cricket Board to continue, but I thought it was time to move forward," the Australian said.

Whatmore in an interaction with the media said he had not yet taken over as the India coach, despite speculations to that effect.

"I am not India's coach. There have been speculations. I just had a talk with the Indian Cricket Board. To say that I have already been appointed is not true," Whatmore said.

Whatmore said the fact that several Boards had approached him was a "humbling" experience.

He said coaches did have a shelf life. "Sure they do. It relates to the success they have had and not necessarily deal only with the World Cup every four years," he said.

Whatmore said the basic differences in coaching sub-continent teams from England and Australia was that of the cultural difference.

"There is a basic difference in the cultural upbringing," he said.

Whatmore, however, rejected the idea that other teams should follow Australian style of playing to rise up to the level of the World Champions.

"The idea is not to bring their game and philosophy or playing style here. They have a style that suits them in their country."

"India, Sri lanka and Pakistan have their style and Bangladesh is learning to understand what style suits them best. The countries should perfect their respective styles and then they can hopefully do well."

"The basic fabric of cricket in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan is not going to change," he added.

First Published: May 28, 2007 12:45 IST