"They literally go from tour to tour." – Michael Hussey steps down as India coach

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Former Australian batsman Michael Hussey has ruled himself out to become the head coach of the Indian team. The BCCI is currently looking for a new coach as Rahul Dravid’s tenure will come to an end after the T20 World Cup next month.

The deadline to apply for the job is May 27 and there is still no clear favorite to become India’s next head coach. Recently, people like Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer stated that they had received offers from the BCCI to become the head coach, but they rejected them. However, BCCI secretary Jay Shah categorically denied any approach by the board to former Australian cricketers.

Apart from them, former New Zealand captain and current Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming is also linked with the high-profile job, although franchise CEO Kasi Viswanathan recently hinted that it is unlikely. likely to happen. The other candidates who are linked with the position are former India opener Gautam Gambhir and former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene.

Michael Hussey says no to coaching job in India:

While Michael Hussey is not really interested in being India’s next head coach, he has stated that he would not accept the job even if given the opportunity. While Hussey is yet to coach a high-profile team, he is part of CSK’s backroom staff. He is also the head coach of Welsh Fire in The Hundred.

Highlighting India’s busy schedule, Hussey said he is not prepared to accept such a busy role at this stage of his life. He said that he likes his current schedule, in which he is involved with a franchise for a few weeks and also plies his trade as a commentator occasionally.

“They actually play more cricket than anyone else in the world, they literally go from tour to tour. So that would be a pretty challenging type of role where you would have to be there, boots on the ground. You’d probably just take off your hat. IPL, which lasts between eight and ten weeks, but the rest of the year you will be practically on the go.

“Certainly, as a full-time international coach, it’s not something that at this stage of my life I like that much. Offside and even now, it’s not really on my radar, and I’m enjoying the balance of being able to coach as an assistant or head coach, and then do some press too.

“I love that balance and still spending some time at home. You’d always like to have more time at home, but the bucket is pretty full at the moment,” Hussey told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Team India has not appointed a foreign head coach since Duncan Fletcher’s tenure ended in 2015. The team’s last three head coaches have been Indians and it would not be surprising if Dravid’s replacement was also an Indian.