Shane Warne denies he was interested in India coach job; slams media for spinning tongue-in-cheek comment

FP Sports, Jun, 07 2017

Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has slammed a section of the Indian media for using a tongue-in-cheek comment from him and spinning it into a story about how the Board of Control for Cricket in India would not be able to afford his services as Team India coach.

A day after the original story was splashed by Mumbai-based tabloid mid-day, Warne took to Twitter to lampoon the media outlet.

Warne tweeted that the statements were just tongue-in-cheek and branded the report as "disappointing journalism".

On Wednesday, Shane Warne was quoted by mid-day as saying, "I am very expensive, I don't think they can afford me. Virat Kohli and me can have a good partnership, but as I said, I am very, very expensive."

The news comes at a time when incumbent Anil Kumble's tenure as the head coach is about to end. The BCCI has already invited applications for the post which will be vacant after the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy concludes on 18 June.

Warne, who scalped 708 wickets in Tests, is no stranger to mentoring young Indian players. It was under him that a young and inexperienced Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League in 2008. He also mentored the Royals in later editions.

Published Date: Jun 07, 2017 | Updated Date: Jun 07, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115