Former Australia cricketer Stuart Law has admitted his interest of coaching India in future. Only on Thursday, Law had declined the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) offer to become the Pakistan cricket team coach.
The 47-year-old is currently a batting consultant for Cricket Australia (CA) and he is entrusted with the responsibility of guiding Australia during their tour of Sri Lanka, scheduled to run from July through September this year. The teams are slated to play three Test matches, five ODIs and two T20Is.
Law has a decent amount of experience in coaching as he was previously associated with the Sri Lanka and Bangladesh national teams. "I am open to offers from teams regarding positions to be filled, it'll just have to wait until my contract finishes with CA," Law was quoted as saying by the Deccan Chronicle on Friday.
"I was in India for the 'A' Team tour with Australia and was asked the question then about the vacant head coach position in India, the answer is still the same. I would love to work within the Indian cricket team. But only after my contract expires with CA," he reiterated his condition.
The India cricket team are without a full-time coach since 2005, when Duncan Fletcher's contract as the head coach of the Men in Blue expired after the ICC World Cup that year. Former Indian all-rounder Ravi Shastri was appointed as the Team Director following that and even Shastri's contract came to a conclusion following the end of India's ICC World T20 campaign this year.
While the players reportedly want Shastri back as a head coach this time, it was also revealed that the BCCI-appointed advisory committee, which includes former Indian greats Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, had unanimously approved the name of Rahul Dravid to be the next coach, but there has been no development since.
It was also revealed that Laxman had approached former Aussie batsman Michael Hussey as well to take on the role. However, as for now, ahead of India's tour of Zimbabwe scheduled for June this year, the Men in Blue have no full-time coach.
"To be able to see from close quarters how these guys prepare and think about the game would be of great interest," continued Law. "India play an exciting brand of cricket and that is how we like to play our cricket here in Australia."