Ricky Ponting turned down BCCI after being approached for India coaching role | Reports claim – Board wanted Ricky Ponting to succeed Ravi Shastri, Punter turned down the post
By Puneet Chaudhary - October 17, 2021
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Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has turned down BCCI’s offer to become the head coach of Team India. According to reports, the BCCI had asked Ponting to replace Ravi Shastri, but he refused to become the Indian coach. Actually, at present Ricky Ponting is working as the head coach of IPL team Delhi Capitals.
Dravid will replace Shastri
In Dubai, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah held a meeting with Rahul Dravid and asked him to join the team after the T20 World Cup. Dravid will remain the coach of the team till the 2023 ODI World Cup. Apart from Dravid, Paras Mhambrey has been appointed as the bowling coach. His tenure will also last till the 2023 World Cup. A BCCI source told Times of India – Rahul Dravid was the only ideal candidate. Truth be told, there is no other option.
Rahul will soon resign from the post of NCA
Dravid is currently the President of the National Cricket Academy (NCA). During the IPL final on Friday night, a BCCI official told the Times of India – Rahul Dravid will become the head coach of the Indian team. He will soon resign from the post of NCA chief.
Mahela’s name also came before Ponting
Before Ricky Ponting, BCCI had also approached former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene for the post of head coach, but he too had turned down the post. Like Ponting, Jayawardene is also associated with IPL team Mumbai Indians as head coach. Both the legends have a great IPL coach record. Mahela has been associated with Mumbai since 2017 and under his coaching the team won two IPL titles in 2019 and 2020. At the same time, during Ponting’s tenure, Delhi has been making it to the playoffs continuously for the last three years.