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Team India Coach: Mahela Jayawardene Says He is Not In the Race

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 26, 2017, 5:25 PM IST
Team India Coach: Mahela Jayawardene Says He is Not In the Race

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Ever since Anil Kumble resigned from the post of Team India's head coach, speculation has been rife about who will fill the vacant spot. While the likes of Tom Moody and VirenderSehwag are in contention after officially applying for the position, BCCI's decision to re-open the application process after Kumble ruled himself out of contention for an extension has led to several names being talked about.

While former team director Ravi Shastri's name has been doing the rounds in the media and cricket fraternity, former Sri Lanka captain and current Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene has also been linked to the top job.

Jayawardene, who recently coached the Mumbai Indians to their record equalling third IPL title, though has cleared the air by saying that he is not in the race for the job of Team India's coach.

The former Sri Lankan great wrote on twitter, "Flattered by speculation linking me to India coaching job but I am not looking at full-time positions right now".

He further made his stance clear by stating that he is committed to his role as the coach of the two T20 franchises, Mumbai Indians of the Indian Premier League and Khulna Titans of the Bangladesh Premier League, that he is associated with.

Jayawardene has also been linked with the coaching job of the Sri Lankan national team after incumbent Graham Ford put in his resignation after a disappointing Champions Trophy. But Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala has ruled out any such move by saying that the former great is still short on experience to take over the big responsibility.
First Published: June 26, 2017, 5:25 PM IST

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