Sri Lanka great Mahela Jayawardene distances himself from India coach job

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Ever since Anil Kumble resigned from the post of Team India's head coach, speculation has been rife about who will fill the vacant spot. The legendary leg-spinner also revealed that Kohli had reservations about his "style" of functioning.

Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardena has categorically dismissed the speculation linking him to the post of Indian cricket team's head coach, saying he is "not looking at full-time positions right now".

According to the reports on Sunday, Mahela applied for the now vacant job of the head coach along with Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody. Another name to crop up was that of Mahela Jayawardene but the Sri Lankan batting maestro has quickly quashed any such rumour.

Speaking more about it, Jayawardene said he is presently not much interested in any full-time job and would rather like to concentrate on his current responsibilities. Presently, he is also involved with Bangladesh Premier league team, Khulna Titans, where he signed a two-year contract as the head coach.

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Jayawardene is coaching the current champions of Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians.

One of Sri Lanka's most successful coaches was an Aussie, Dav Whatmore, and it has been rumoured that his compatriot Tom Moody, who has applied for the India job, might be keen on the position.

The BCCI has set the team's tour to Sri Lanka in July-August as the deadline before which the new India coach needs to be picked.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president Thilanga Sumathipala is not so keen on having the legend at the helm just yet though and feels he would make an excellent assistant coach.

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