Warne open to In­dian coach­ing role

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While Shas­tri is one of the favourites to take over as head coach, Warne says he would never say never to a coach­ing role with the In­dian team.

Syd­ney: Aus­tralia cricket great Shane Warne is in­ter­ested on the In­dian coach­ing role. Warne said he has not rule him­self out of the na­tional role but would have to find time in his busy sched­ule The an­nounce­ment of In­dia’s next head coach is to be an­nounced in a few weeks time and for­mer Aus­tralia spin­ner says, he would love to work with the In­dian side. The Cricket Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee (CAC)- an ad­vi­sory group to the BCCI com­prised of leg­ends Sachin Ten­dulkar, VVS Lax­man and Sourav Gan­guly - has been tasked with se­lect­ing In­dia’s next coach and are likely to meet in the com­ing weeks. In­dia haven’t had a head coach since Dun­can Fletcher’s con­tract ex­pired fol­low­ing the 50-over World Cup last year, with team di­rec­tor Ravi Shas­tri tak­ing a se­nior role among the back­room staff.

While Shas­tri is one of the favourites to take over as head coach, Warne says he would never say never to a coach­ing role with the In­dian team. “I would love to work with the In­dian team,” the 46-year-old said at a Monarch Cruise event with Ten­dulkar and Brett Lee. “They are a very tal­ented, won­der­ful team to work for.

“There’s a lot of pres­sure (work­ing with them). There are about a bil­lion-plus peo­ple sup­port­ing the In­dian cricket team. If you make a mis­take you cop it. I have copped it plenty of times on many dif­fer­ent things.

“I’ve never said never in my life to any­thing. I’ve al­ways been open to any­thing so when it comes to coach­ing In­dia, coach­ing an IPL (In­dian Premier League) team - coach­ing Eng­land, maybe not,” he added. While Warne said he would not im­me­di­ately turn down a coach­ing role, he ad­mit­ted some­thing would have to give in his busy sched­ule. Warne will this year con­tinue to jug­gle com­men­tary du­ties around the world, play­ing poker, spon­sor­ship work as well as the Cricket All Stars con­cept that he started last year with Ten­dulkar.

“So af­ter all this there’s not many days left,” Warne said. “If I’m to put my­self in the ring to coach In­dia or any other team, it means other things will be left out.

“(If) an op­por­tu­nity presents it­self, I will al­ways weigh it up.

“If you can’t give your 100 per cent to what­ever it may be you (are) bet­ter off say­ing no. “But if that op­por­tu­nity came … what I like to do is ev­ery­thing else stops and you take up that op­por­tu­nity, what­ever it may be.” Source: cricket.com.au

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