Sourav Ganguly would be successful if appointed as India coach: Brett Lee
Former Australian speedster Brett Lee has backed Sourav Ganguly to do a successful job if he is appointed as India’s next head coach. With Duncan Fletcher’s contract as head coach having come to an end following the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, there has been intense speculation regarding his replacement in recent weeks with Ganguly said to be one of the leading candidates.
“I think he’d do a great job because he’s got a great wealth of knowledge behind him with so many games of Test match cricket, one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket,” Lee told cricket.com.au.
“He’s been there and done it all. Will that make him a good coach? I don’t know. If he’s hungry for it, with his wealth of knowledge he could definitely pass it on.
“Having the right balance as a coach is the most important thing. (Like) people being able to play their natural role, and that all started with Trevor Bayliss. He’s the guy that will allow any player in the team to play their natural role.
“If Sourav Ganguly can give these (Indian) players confidence … I think he’d do a good job if he got it.”
With India set to leave for Bangladesh on June 7 ahead of their solitary Test match and 3 ODIs, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has stated that a new head coach and support staff will be in place by no later than June 6.
Earlier, when asked about his thoughts on Ganguly being linked to the top job, Thakur said: "Sourav's contribution to Indian cricket has been great.”
“He's been a great cricketer. It will be worth waiting and whatever will be decided will be in the interest of the Indian cricket.
‘”There's a lot of speculation in the media regarding Sourav and the role of the coach. Give us some time to decide on that.”