Justin Langer rules himself out of India's coaching job

Former Australia coach said that he was not prepared to take on another international role

By Web Desk
May 23, 2024
Justin Langer recently coached Lucknow Super Giants in IPL. - AFP

Following Ricky Ponting, former opener Justin Langer has also ruled himself out of becoming India's next head coach after discussing with Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul.

Former Australia coach Langer informed the BBC that he was not prepared to take on another international role.

“It would be an amazing job, [but] I have [put myself out of contention]. I also know that it’s an all-encompassing role, and having done it for four years with the Australian team, honestly, it’s exhausting. And that’s the Australian job!” Langer was quoted as saying on BBC’s Stumped podcast.

When asked if he would take up the job in the future, Langer said: “You never say never. And the pressure of doing it in India… I was talking to KL Rahul and he said, ‘You know, if you think there’s pressure and politics in an IPL team, multiply that by a thousand, [that’s] coaching India. That was a good bit of advice, I guess.”

Langer, 53, left his position with Australia in 2022 amid reported unrest over his leadership style, external, despite winning the T20 World Cup and the Ashes.

He took over as Lucknow Super Giants head coach in the IPL this season.

“It would be an awesome job, but not for me at the moment,” Langer said.

Earlier, Ponting confirmed that he was approached for the role but he is not ready for a long-term commitment at the moment.

Deadlines for applications for Indian coaching job will close on May 27, after Rahul Dravid decided against continuing in the role.

Ponting’s current commitments includes head coach at Delhi Capitals and television work in Australia. He is also head of strategy at Hobart Hurricanes and head coach of Washington Freedom in MLC.

"I've seen a lot of reports about it," Ponting told the ICC Review. "Normally these things pop up on social media before you even know about them, but there were a few little one-on-one conversations during the IPL, just to get a level of interest from me as to whether I would do it."

The BCCI are looking to appoint new head coach for all three formats for three and a half years beginning from July 2024 until December 2027.