Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting recently revealed that the BCCI approached him to become the next head coach of India. However, Ponting declined the offer as it didn’t align with his current lifestyle.

After current head coach Rahul Dravid announced he would not continue after the T20 World Cup, BCCI reached out to Ponting. However, he turned down the offer owing to his existing commitments, despite his interest.

“I’ve seen a lot of reports about it,” Ponting told the ICC. “During the IPL, they had a few little one-on-one conversations just to gauge my interest.”

Ponting explained that his other coaching and broadcasting roles posed challenges in accepting the position at this time.

“I’d love to be a senior coach of a national team. But with the other things in my life and wanting to have a bit of time at home. Everyone knows if you take a job working with the Indian team, you can’t be involved in an IPL team, so it would take that out of it as well.”

He mentioned that a national head coach position does not fit into his current lifestyle due to full commitment each year. However, he hinted at the possibility of reconsidering in the future, noting his family’s reaction to the idea.

“During the IPL, my family and kids spend time with me. My son was excited about the idea. He said, ‘Just take it, Dad; we would love to move over there for the next couple of years.’ They love the culture of cricket in India, but right now, it’s not the right fit.”

Ponting currently coaches the Delhi Capitals in the IPL and Washington Freedom in the MLC. He also serves as the head of strategy for Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL.

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