Revealing Ricky Ponting’s Decision to Decline BCCI’s Offer for Team India Head Coach

Australia legend Ricky Ponting has disclosed that he was approached for the soon-to-be vacant India head coach position, but he denied the offer because it does not fit into his “lifestyle” right now. Ponting, who just concluded seven seasons as the head coach of the IPL side Delhi Capitals, has previously served as Australia’s temporary T20 coach.

He declined to disclose whether the BCCI sent out feelers on India’s position.

“…there were a few little one-on-one conversations during the IPL, just to get a level of interest from me as to whether I would do it,” Ponting told the International Cricket Council..

“I’d love to be a senior coach for a national team, but with other things going on in my life and wanting to spend more time at home…everyone knows that if you work with the Indian team, you can’t be engaged in an IPL squad, so that would be out of the picture as well.

“Also, a national head coach is a 10 or 11-month of the year job, and as much as I’d like to do it, it just doesn’t fit into my lifestyle right now and the things that I really enjoy doing,” he said. Ponting said he reviewed the proposition with his son, who looked at the game for a relocation to India.

“My family and children have spent the last five weeks with me at the IPL, like they do every year, and I mentioned it to my son,” he said.

“I said, ‘Dad’s been offered the Indian coaching job,’ and he said, ‘Just take it dad, we’d love to move over there for the next couple of years,'” Ponting joked. “That’s how much they love being over there and the culture of cricket in India, but right now it probably doesn’t exactly fit into my lifestyle,” he stated.

In addition, a few other well-known figures have been mentioned as possible contenders for the post that Rahul Dravid will leave behind following India’s T20 World Cup campaign next month. These include head coach of the Chennai Super Kings, Stephen Fleming; head coach of the Lucknow Super Giants; and mentor of the Kolkata Knight Riders, Gautam Gambhir. The deadline for submitting applications is May 27th, as announced by BCCI.

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