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BCCI Eyes Stephen Fleming For India’s Head Coach Role

BCCI Eyes Stephen Fleming For India’s Head Coach Role

The IPL encounter between Delhi Capitals (DC) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) saw a notable shift in team dynamics due to the absence of David Warner and Yash Thakur. Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has initiated the search for a new head coach for the Indian men’s cricket team, effective July 1, following Rahul Dravid’s tenure conclusion with the T20 World Cup 2024. It’s anticipated that Dravid won’t pursue an extension. The incoming coach’s term extends until December 31, 2027, aligning with the 2027 ODI World Cup.

Speculation surrounds the identity of India’s new coach, with the possibility of an overseas candidate not discounted. The Indian Express reported informal discussions between BCCI officials and Stephen Fleming, the long-time coach of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), renowned for his familiarity with Indian players and conditions. However, Fleming’s potential candidacy hinges on his willingness to commit to the team for ten months annually, a requirement yet to be confirmed. The application deadline is May 27.

BCCI released a statement by saying: “Should have played minimum of 30 Test Matches or 50 ODI’s; or Head Coach of a full member Test Playing Nation, for a minimum period of 2 years; or 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 Should have BCCI Level 3 Certification or equivalent; and Should be below 60 years of age.”

Amidst a transitional phase for the Indian team, marked by the emergence of young talent and the gradual departure of veterans, Fleming emerges as a strong contender, according to sources cited in the report. Nonetheless, Fleming has not communicated any intentions to depart from CSK, where he has secured five IPL titles.

The criteria for the coaching role, encompassing qualifications, experience, knowledge, and skills, add another layer of intrigue to the selection process.

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