Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie has admitted of having “seriously considered” of applying for India coaching job, which is now been filled with the appointment of Ravi Shastri.
Gillespie is yet to coach an international team after having built up an impressive resume by taking county team Yorkshire to consecutive County Championships titles and also Big Bash League side Adelaide Strikers.
Though there is a vacancy for the post of coach at Sri Lanka but the 42-year-old is apprehensive because of the team’s “history of not sticking to coaches for too long”.
However, he was due to take charge of Australia A team before their tour to South Africa was called off due to an ongoing pay dispute between the country’s cricket board and the players’ association. Now the former pacer has taken charge of Papua New Guinea on an interim basis.
Shastri was appointed coach of Team India after he pipped top contenders like Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody for the post. The head coach position was vacant after Anil Kumble stepped down saying his relationship with captain Virat Kohli had become “untenable”.
“I talked a lot about that with my family,” Gillespie told cricket.com.au of his decision to not apply for India’s head coaching role. I to’ed and fro’ed. I had days where I thought, ‘right, I’m definitely applying for it, I’m going to have a crack and see how far I get’.
“Other days where I wasn’t so sure. In the end I just felt I wasn’t quite ready for that opportunity.
“I think it would have been a wonderful job and I congratulate Ravi Shastri on getting that job. Maybe one day in a couple of years that’d be something I’d seriously consider.”
Sri Lanka are presently on the look out to hire a new coach after Graham Ford left two years ahead of the contract. He stepped down after Sri Lanka failed to reach the semis of the Champions Trophy. But Gillespie is not too keen on applying for the position.
“Sri Lanka was one of my favourite places to tour as a player, I loved playing cricket there, I love the country, it’d be a fantastic job.
“But, and this is with all due respect, they haven’t had a history of sticking with their coaches for too long so that would definitely be in the back of all coaches’ minds.
“The recent history over last five or so years, there’s been a high turnover of coaches so that certainly would be in the back of coaches’ minds – it’d be in the back of my mind.”
Gillespie had played for Australia in 71 Tests and taking 259 wickets.