New Delhi: Former India batsman Virender Sehwag has clarified that he has not been approached by any official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to apply for the post of the national team coach, contrary to a report in the Indian Express that states a top official had approached him regarding the same.
"We have contacted Sehwag during the IPL and asked him to consider applying for the job of India coach. But he won't be the only one applying because we expect other former players to also throw their hats in the ring," the Indian Express had quoted a BCCI official as saying.
However, when Hindustan Times contacted Virender Sehwag on Sunday, the opener clarified that he had not been contacted by anyone.
The BCCI had invited applications for the post of the national team coach earlier this month as current head Anil Kumble's tenure runs only till the end of the Champions Trophy.
However, given the success the team enjoyed since Kumble took charge, it was widely expected that the former India leg-spinner would get an automatic extension.
On the other hand, Virender Sehwag has never coached a side apart from being a mentor with Kings XI Punjab who finished fifth in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League.
In case Sehwag decides to join the race for the post, he will have to present his case before the Cricket Advisory Committee comprised of Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, VVS Laxman.