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Mohammad Azharuddin: PTI

Former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin has said that if he gets a chance in the future, he is ready to become the coach of the Indian cricket team.

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Azharuddin said in an interview with Gulf News,

“Yes, I am ready to give it a shot. If I get an opportunity to work with the Indian team, I would jump at it without batting an eyelid,”

At present, Ravi Shastri is the head coach of the Indian cricket team and his tenure is till 2021 T20 World Cup.

Presently Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) President Azharuddin said,

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“I am amazed to see so many people accompanying the team these days. For example, my specialisation is in batting and fielding and hence if I coach any team, I don’t really need a batting coach. Isn’t it?”

Azharuddin on IPL 2020

Azharuddin also said that he hoped there would be a window at the end of the year for the IPL. He said,

“I hope the league can eventually get a window where we get to host a minimum of seven matches. The league, whether one likes it or not, has given a lot to the sport in the last 10-12 years.

“It’s a stage where cricketers get a lot of attention if they perform and get recognised quickly. Just think about it, a Hardik Pandya or a Jasprit Bumrah may still have been struggling in first-class cricket if the IPL was not there. I think it has been a win-win situation for the BCCI vis-à-vis the cricketers and don’t agree with a section of critics who often call it a money-grab,”

The former Indian captain scored 6215 in 99 Tests and 9378 in 334 ODIs for India. While talking on his job as president of Hyderabad Cricket Association, he said,

“Yes, it’s quite a challenging job. There are 226 affiliated clubs and you have to run it with a completely neutral perspective. It’s much tougher than leading a side where you are handling 15 persons.”


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