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Jayewardene not yet ready for Lanka head coach's job: SLC boss

Jayewardene not yet ready for Lanka head coach's job: SLC boss

Former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene has put to rest speculations that were rife about him being considered for the job of Indian cricket team's head coach.

The legendary batsman from Sri Lanka is the head coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians, which lifted this year's IPL title.

Going through a recent turmoil after Anil Kumble's sudden exit from the post of Indian team's coach, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited some more applications for the chief role. Soon enough, reports surfaced of a rift between the then coach Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli and they only gained ground as the tournament progressed.

So far, the likes of Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh have applied for the post of India's head 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".

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In an interview on Neth FM radio in Sri Lanka Sumathipala said: "Mahela is still short of experience as a senior coach, he may be good as a T20 batting or a fielding coach".

Mahela Jayawardena's call to not look beyond the realms of his current engagements, if interpreted just for the way it has been said, speaks of the unwillingness on a professional's part to coach a national side.

His success with Mumbai Indians in his maiden stint as the head coach will definitely be taken into consideration when the BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) - comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman - sits to select India's next coach.

Jayawardene is coaching the current champions of Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians. 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.


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