Former Australia spinner Shane Warne has moved to clarify reports that he’s in line to become India’s head coach, saying he merely said he’d consider it if the job was ever offered to him.
Reports on Friday said that Warne was interested in the job, which has been vacant for close to a year, but he tweeted on Saturday that he only said he’d be ‘flattered’ if such an offer came his way.
He added that he didn’t say he wanted the job specifically, and implored journalists not to take his words out of context.
Would u coach India? I was asked. I’m flattered u would want me & I may consider if ever offered, was response, not “I want to coach India”!
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) April 2, 2016
He expanded on his Facebook page: “Would u coach India? I was asked at the Monarch cruise press conference yesterday. My response…
“I’m very grateful for my life & love what I do, which consists of a lot of sponsor events / commitments, commentating on cricket for Star, Sky UK & Ch 9 in Australia. Playing poker around the world & continuing to promote Cricket All Stars to new audiences with Sachin.
“I also enjoy mentoring young sportsmen & not to mention the most important part of my life which is being a single father to three awesome teenagers.
“So, if the offer ever came up I would be flattered & I may consider the opportunity, as in my life I never say never to anything, but a lot would have to give”, was my response, not “I want to coach India”!!!!!
“Amazing how people report things, not surprised though Hahaha! See you at the final in Kolkata tmrw.”