Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the wealthiest cricket board with no dearth of money and an excellent team with many superstars. However, the board is going through a hard time finding the new head coach for Team India. 

With curent head coach Rahul Dravid all but confirmed to step down after the T20 World Cup 2024, BCCI is facing a tough situation once again. Not many former cricketers have evinced interest in the hectic job with little to no recognition. Moreover, they are not ready to sacrifice personal life and living with immense pressure as it is certainly one of the toughest jobs in the world.

Not many former greats including the current National Cricket Academy (NCA) director, VVS Laxman, former Australia captain and Delhi Capitals (DC) head coach Ricky Ponting and his teammate Justin Langer have shown their interests. Former Indian players are also not very keen on applying for the job. 

Why few takers?

Here are some reasons why the former cricketers are not interestsd for the lucrative job....

Immense pressure

Fans expect India to win every match they play. The situation creates immense pressure on the head coach. Moreover there is also internal politics, and superheroism culture to tackle. Not many are able to cope up with with the severe pressure.

Thankless job

If India manage to win, the credit often goes to the players and not the coach. However, if the team loses, the coach comes under immense scrutiny. Under the circumstances, the tough job becomes thankless.

No personal life

Surprisingly, the head coach only gets two months of leave every year, during IPL. Other than that, the coach travels with the team all the time. Undoubtedly, it is a huge sacrifics as the coach has no option but to neglect his family.

Not enough money

BCCI pays an attractive package to the head coach. However, it is still not enough when one considers the opportunities in the broadcasting world or in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The former cricketers have also the option to be associated with other T20 leagues or they can take up roles as the experts of the game to earn huge amount.


The India head coach will also have multiple restrictions. The coaches cannot take up a job in the IPL or anywhere else in the world. There are restrictions on media appearances as well as speaking their mind. As a result, not many are keen to take up the prestigious job.

Media scrutiny

While experts and fans are free to express their opinions on various social media and other platforms, the Indian head coach faces serious  restrictions. The head coach also faces intense scrutiny from the media. Former players who join the broadcast crew do not spare the coach either. 

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