Mumbai: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has revealed that the BCCI (Cricket Board of India) approached Rahul Dravid for this responsibility before he was chosen as the coach of the national team. Ponting, the former great batsman, is considered one of the most successful captains the game has ever produced. He said that time commitment deterred him from playing similar roles for the Indian and Australian teams.
Ponting told ‘The Grade Cricketer, “I had a conversation with some people about this (India’s head coach) during the IPL (Indian Premier League). The people I spoke to were ready to find a middle ground for the role.”
“I told them that I would not be able to devote that much time. After taking this responsibility, I will not be able to coach even the IPL team.”
Ponting also said that due to these reasons, he will not be able to do a coaching job with the Australian team.
“To be honest, time is the only thing stopping me (from taking up this responsibility). I would love to coach the Australian team, but I have been away from family during my playing career.
“I have a seven-year-old son in my family and I want to give him at least 300 days in a year. It is completely possible with IPL.”