The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the wealthiest cricket board globally, boasting extensive resources and top-tier facilities. Despite this, the BCCI is currently struggling to find a suitable successor to Rahul Dravid, who has announced that he will not continue as head coach after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

Search for the Next Head Coach

The BCCI has opened applications for the head coach of Team India, with a deadline of May 27. The role promises a three-and-a-half-year tenure, which includes leading the team through significant tournaments like the Champions Trophy in 2025 and the ODI World Cup in 2027.

Source: India Today

Former Indian batter VVS Laxman was at one point a front-runner for the role, however, BCCI showed an inclination towards foreign coaches recently and made a few offers too.

High-Profile Rejections

As mentioned above, BCCI contacted some high-profile foreign coaches, however, most of them have declined the offer to coach the Indian team:

  • Ricky Ponting: The former Australian captain confirmed that he was approached for the role but had to decline due to existing commitments with the Delhi Capitals in the IPL, Washington Freedom in the MLC, and his strategic role with Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL.
  • Andy Flower: The former Zimbabwe captain and current head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL stated he has no interest in the position. Flower expressed his satisfaction with his current roles in franchise cricket, which offer him intriguing and enjoyable work without the exhaustive demands of a national team coach.
  • Justin Langer: The former Australian coach, currently with Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the IPL, also declined the opportunity, citing the exhausting nature of the job. Langer emphasized that the all-encompassing role of a national team coach was too demanding after his experience with the Australian team.
  • Stephen Fleming: Although not explicitly confirmed, reports suggest that the former New Zealand captain is also not interested, mainly due to the extensive year-round commitment required by the Indian job.
Source: Cricinfo

Reason For Rejection

A significant factor behind these refusals is the preference for franchise leagues over national team roles. Franchise cricket offers several advantages:

  • Short-term Engagements: Coaches only need to be involved for a few weeks before and during the tournament, allowing them to manage multiple commitments and enjoy longer off-seasons.
  • Less Pressure: The environment in franchise leagues is generally less intense compared to the high expectations and scrutiny associated with coaching a national team.
  • Higher Compensation with Flexibility: Although national coaching positions like India’s are well-compensated, franchise leagues often offer competitive pay with the added benefit of flexibility and less travel burden.
  • Work-Life Balance: National team coaches often have minimal vacation time and are required to relocate, impacting their personal and family lives. Franchise roles, conversely, allow for a better work-life balance and the ability to remain in one’s home country for more extended periods.
Source: Times Of India


The reluctance of high-profile foreign coaches to take up the role of head coach of India highlights broader trends in modern cricket.

The appeal of franchise leagues is increasingly overshadowing traditional international coaching roles, offering coaches a more balanced, less demanding career path with substantial financial rewards.

We have previously seen the same trend shifting in players as some players retired from international cricket to play more franchise cricket.

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This shift indicates a growing preference for the flexibility and lifestyle afforded by franchise cricket, which is reshaping the landscape of professional cricket coaching.

In summary, while the BCCI provides unparalleled resources and prestige, the demanding nature of the job, combined with the growing allure of franchise cricket, has made it challenging to attract top foreign talent for the national team’s head coach position.

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