Wessels to take up India coach job only if it 'fits' his lifestyle

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2007, 15:36 [IST]
 

Sydney, July 22 (UNI) Former South Africa captain Kepler Wessels, who had reportedly applied for India coach's job, has said he would take up the high-profile assignment if it fits his lifestyle.

According to reports in a section of media, Wessels had expressed his interest to coach India indirectly with his agent in London speaking to the BCCI through a senior member of the Indian team.

But, the 49-year-old left handed bat has told 'The Australian' newspaper that he was not dying to grab the job vacated by Aussie great Greg Chappell under controversial circumstances.

''I'm not really too stressed or too worried about it. If something comes up then you've got to consider it, but it has to fit in with your lifestyle,'' Wessels, who had played Tests for both Australia and South Africa, said.

''It's not as if I'm hanging out for it,'' he added.

It also seems that Wessels' desire to coach India was not a well-thought out idea but had come up only recently.

''It hasn't really been something that I was looking for, but I have, in the last six years or so, been heavily involved in coaching. It probably is time for me, if I want to continue in this area, to try to coach at international level.'' After his retirement, Wessels had a four-year stint as coach of Northamptonshire county and is currently coach of the South Africa team for the Emerging Players Tournament to take place in Australia.

Taking strong view over the manner in which the ICC has gone to the business of spreading the game, Wessels said, ''The ICC has a programme to spread the game worldwide. I don't really know whether that's a viable option.'' ''It may be that all the energy has to be put into developing 12 or 13 nations which can compete.'' ''I've worked quite a lot with the developing nations which go to the World Cup.

''The ICC needs to put all its energy into the best of them to see how much improvement they can get there,''said the 49-year-old coach.

Wessels also expressed unhappiness on the decline of West Indies cricket.

''We should all be concerned about some of the major nations, particularly the West Indies and their demise.

''World cricket needs a strong West Indian side, although probably not as strong as the one we played against all those years ago,'' he said.

UNI


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