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IPL 2024: CSK Responds To BCCI Approaching Stephen Fleming For Team India Head Coach Job

The recent buzz in cricket circles revolves around the possibility of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) considering Stephen Fleming, the current head coach of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), for the coveted position of head coach of the Indian cricket team.

This speculation arises in the wake of Rahul Dravid’s tenure as head coach drawing to a close. Fleming, a former New Zealand captain, has garnered attention due to his remarkable achievements with CSK. He had led the team to an impressive five Indian Premier League (IPL) titles.

Reports from reputable sources like The Indian Express suggest that the BCCI views Fleming as a strong contender for the role, primarily because of his adeptness in managing players and his extensive experience in the cricketing world. His success with CSK, one of the most successful franchises in the IPL, adds weight to his candidacy.

BCCI, in its pursuit of finding the ideal candidate to lead the Indian team, appears to recognize Fleming’s leadership qualities and track record. However, amidst these speculations, CSK has stepped forward to address the rumours.

Kasi Viswanathan, the CEO of CSK, has refuted claims of any communication between Stephen Fleming and the franchise regarding his potential departure for the Indian coaching role.

BCCI’s Requirements for India’s Head Coach Position: Key Qualifications and Criteria Explained

“I have not heard anything like this. There has been no communication from Stephen Fleming to CSK either,” CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan told Sports Now.

The required qualifications, experience, knowledge and skills for the position are well-fitted for Fleming. Should have played a 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. Regarding remuneration, the BCCI says it’s negotiable and will be commensurate with experience. The ‘operating environment’ column is also interesting. It reads: Must be willing to meet work expectations and pressures associated with handling marquee athletes.”

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