Jason Gillespie 'Seriously Considered' For India Coaching Job

Evrard Martin
Juillet 17, 2017

Gillespie is yet to coach an global team after having built up an impressive resume by taking county team Yorkshire to consecutive County Championships titles and also Big Bash League side Adelaide Strikers.

The 42-year-old also gave a miss to the opportunity that is available with Sri Lanka, after the governing body in the island nation sacked Graham Ford despite having a successful record with the national side as well as a strong bonding with the players. However, the former Tamil Nadu pacer seems to be ready to take up the role and join Shastri's camp once again.

With the support of India's newly appointed head coach Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun is all set to be signed by BCCI as a bowling coach, at least that was what the cricketing fraternity knew about on Sunday. I to'ed and fro'ed.

"I talked a lot about that with my family", Gillespie told cricket.com.au of his decision to not apply for India's head coaching role. According to the conflict-of-interest issue of BCCI, Arun will have to leave other coaching jobs, if appointed as India's bowling coach. "In the end, I just felt I wasn't quite ready for that opportunity", said Gillespie, who took 259 Test wickets in 71 matches and 142 wickets in 97 ODIs in his worldwide career.

Just as the news of Kohli-Kumble rift was doing the rounds before Kumble broke the ice 0n Twitter, in the same way, sources have implied that Ravi Shastri is expected to get 7 crores per year.

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"Maybe one day in a couple of years that'd be something I'd seriously consider", he insisted. He stepped down after Sri Lanka failed to reach the semis of the Champions Trophy.

Whether Arun gets the India job, and in what capacities Zaheer and Dravid's services will be utilised will be decided on Tuesday by a four-member BCCI panel comprising acting president CK Khanna, CEO Rahul Johri and acting secretary Amitabh Chadhuary and COA member Diana Edulji.

"But, and this is with all due respect, they haven't had a history of sticking with their coaches for too long so that would definitely be in the back of all coaches' minds".

The 42-year-old Gillespie, who played 71 Test matches and 97 one day internationals, taking 401 worldwide wickets, said he was excited at the prospect of working with the Barramundis over the next few months as they attempted to qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

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