Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene not in race for India head coach’s job
Mahela Jayawardene, former Sri Lanka skipper and current Mumbai Indians (MI) coach, has dismissed all rumours of him being interested in Indian cricket team’s head coach’s job.cricket Updated: Jun 26, 2017 15:08 IST
Former Sri Lanka cricketing great Mahela Jayawardene has dismissed reports suggesting he is among those who have applied for the Indian cricket team head coach’s job. The Indian cricket team is currently without a head coach after Anil Kumble resigned last week. Virat Kohli’s side is playing in a limited-overs series in the West Indies.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) extended its original deadline for submission of applications from candidates after Kumble stepped down immediately after the ICC Champions Trophy saying that his relationship with skipper Virat Kohli was ‘untenable’.
Flattered by speculation linking me to India coaching job but I am not looking at full-time positions right now.— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) June 26, 2017
The BCCI had invited fresh applicants for the job despite Kumble maintaining a terrific record as in his one-year tenure as coach.
I am completely focused on current commitments with MI and Khulna.— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) June 26, 2017
Kumble was asked to continue until the West Indies tour, but he did not board the flight to the Caribbean and instead resigned two days after India’s crushing defeat in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final against Pakistan.
Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Doda Ganesh had applied for India’s coaching role when BCCI first advertised the Board extended the deadline to July 9 to get more applicants once Kumble stepped down.
Mahela Jayawardene’s name came to the fore on Monday. However, former Sri Lanka batsman has denied applying and said he is not looking for any full-time role at the moment.
Jayawardene, 40, who retired from international cricket in March 2015, made an impressive coaching debut when he won the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year with Mumbai Indians.