CSK Break Silence On BCCI Approaching Stephen Fleming For India Head Coach Job


Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming© AFP

There is a lot of talk about BCCI approaching former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming to replace Rahul Dravid as the head coach of the Indian cricket team. Fleming is currently the head coach of Chennai Super Kings and during his tenure the team has won a record five Indian Premier League (IPL) titles. The Indian Express reported that the BCCI considered Fleming a 'suitable candidate' due to his man management skills and pedigree. However, CSK has denied any such rumors and CEO Kasi Vishwanathan said that no such talks have taken place between Fleming and the franchise so far. “I have not heard anything like that. There has been no communication to CSK from Stephen Fleming,” CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan told Sports Now.

The “qualifications, experience, knowledge and skills” required for this position are a good fit for Fleming.

“Has played at least 30 Test matches or 50 ODI matches; or has been the head coach of a Full Member Test playing nation for a period of at least 2 years; or the head coach of an Associate Member/IPL team or equivalent international league/first-class teams / National A teams, for a minimum period of 3 years; or must have BCCI Level 3 certification and be below 60 years of age.”

Regarding remuneration, the BCCI says it is “negotiable and will be commensurate with experience.”

“The 'Operating environment' column is also interesting. It reads: “Must be prepared to meet the work expectations and pressures associated with handling marquee athletes.”

When it comes to replacing Rahul Dravid, apart from Fleming, the names of VVS Laxman, Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer are also in discussion. However, nothing concrete has been confirmed from the BCCI and some reports have suggested that Laxman will not apply for the post.

Some reports also claimed that Rahul Dravid had a chance to reapply but he decided against it.

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