Justin Langer, the former Australian test opener, is in talks with the BCCI to take over as the head coach of the Indian Cricket team. The BCCI has been on the lookout for a head coach ever since Duncan Fletcher’s contract expired after the 2015 World Cup. Recently, there were rumours about Fletcher vying for a second stint with the Indian team. However, there were no major assurances for them.
Currently, Langer is the coach of the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League (BBL). The Scorchers have massively excelled under the coaching of Langer and are the most consistent side in the BBL. Langer, however, is also being looked upon by the English Cricket Board as an option for the head coach. The battle between BCCI and ECB could get intense in the upcoming days if Langer pleases both the boards.
However, Jagmohan Dalmiya, the president of the BCCI had said that he would prefer an Indian coach over a foreigner. The Indian team under the direct supervision of Ravi Shastri did very well and performed exceptionally to reach the semi finals of the World Cup.
Recently, a BCCI official was quoted saying regarding Langer’s appointment as the coach, “The Board is in talks with the Australian and hopefully something positive will come out of it. Ravi Shastri might continue as the director of Indian cricket till the Bangladesh tour.”
Langer was a phenomenal test batsman for Australia and averaged 45.27 in 105 tests with 23 centuries to his name.