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Former Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene has made it clear that he has not applied for the India head coach job.
Jayawardene’s comments come after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to re-open the application process for the position following Anil Kumble’s decision to step down as head coach.
While Jayawardene was “flattered” to be linked with the post, he insisted that he has his hands full with being head coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, the Mumbai Indians, and Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) side, the Khulna Titans.
“Flattered by speculation linking me to India coaching job but I am not looking at full-time positions right now,” he said via his Twitter account. “I am completely focused on current commitments with MI and Khulna.”
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka on the hunt for a new head coach after Graham Ford resigned and Jayawardene’s name popped up again.
However, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president Thilanga Sumathipala believes the 40-year-old does not possess enough experience to coach the national team.
“Mahela is still short of experience as a senior coach, he may be good as a T20 batting or a fielding coach,” Sumathipala told Neth FM.