Australia Legends Rule Themselves Out of Vacant India Job

Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer Decline India Head Coach Role

Ponting and Langer’s Decision on India’s Coaching Offer

Australian cricket legends Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer have both ruled themselves out of contention for the position of India’s head coach. The current coach, Rahul Dravid, will see his contract expire at the end of the T20 World Cup next month, prompting India to seek applications for the coveted role.

Ricky Ponting’s Coaching Commitments

Ricky Ponting, presently coaching the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has revealed that he has had discussions regarding the role but is not prepared to commit. Ponting’s extensive coaching responsibilities already include his roles as head of strategy at the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League and head coach of Washington Freedom in Major League Cricket.

“Everyone knows if you take a job working with the Indian team you can’t be involved in an IPL team, so it would take that out of it,” Ponting, 49, told the International Cricket Council. “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.”

Justin Langer’s Reluctance for International Coaching

Justin Langer, who previously coached Australia to victories in the T20 World Cup and the Ashes, has also declined the opportunity to coach India. Langer expressed his reservations about taking on another international role, having found the experience with the Australian team to be exhausting.


“I know that it’s an all-encompassing role and having done it for four years with the Australian team it’s exhausting,” Langer, 53, told the BBC’s Stumped podcast.

Langer stepped down from his position with Australia in 2022 amidst reported unrest over his leadership style. Despite these challenges, he has continued his coaching career, taking up the role of head coach for the Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL this season.

The Future of India’s Coaching Position

With Ponting and Langer out of the running, the future of India’s head coaching position remains uncertain. The Indian cricket board will need to look elsewhere for a candidate who can bring the expertise and dedication required for this demanding role. The new coach will have the task of building on Dravid’s foundation and guiding the Indian team through the next phase of their international journey.

India’s head coach role is one of the most prestigious in cricket, attracting significant attention and speculation. The appointment will be closely watched by cricket fans and experts worldwide, eager to see who will take on the responsibility of leading one of the sport’s most prominent teams.

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