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

26 Juin 2017

Soon after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has extended the deadline to apply for the post of Head Coach until July 9, Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene has reportedly applied to coach the "Men in Blue".

Jayawardene's comments come after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chose to re-open the application process for the position following Anil Kumble's decision to step down as head coach. The legendary leg-spinner also revealed that Kohli had reservations about his "style" of functioning. Another interesting name to crop up in the list is of Sri Lanka's former skipper Mahela Jayawardene who is widely considered as a legend of the gentlemen's game.

"He further added saying", I am completely focused on current commitments with MI and Khulna". The India national cricket team is now playing in West Indies without a coach after Anil Kumble surprised everyone by stepping down from the post the day team India left for the West Indies.

Referring to his involvement with the Mumbai Indians and the Khulna Titans franchise of the Bangladesh Premier League, where he works in the same capacity, Jayawardena committed to his responsibilities with the aforementioned teams and said that his interests didn't lie anywhere else.

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"Mahela is still short of experience as a senior coach, he may be good as a T20 batting or a fielding coach", Sumathipala told Neth FM.

Sri Lanka has had some nine interim and permanent coaches since 2011.

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.

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