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With Rahul Dravid's tenure ending after the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024, the race for India's new men's cricket head coach is heating up. Several Indian and foreign names were making the rounds but the BCCI or Jay Shah, Secretary of BCCI, hasn't confirmed any specific candidate.

However, one name, MS Dhoni, has been talked up by many as a possible replacement once Rahul Dravid steps down after the World Cup.  Dhoni, arguably the most popular Indian cricketer, also saw countless fans on social media to become Team India's new coach.

Why can't MS Dhoni apply for the India Head Coach job?

But this wouldn't be possible as MSD fails to fulfil a major requirement for the head coaching job. Any person applying for the position must be retired from playing in all formats. Despite retiring from international cricket in 2020, MSD still plays in the IPL for the Chennai Super Kings, and hence, cannot be elected as the head coach of Team India. Notably, Dhoni worked as a mentor for Team India for the T20 World Cup in 2021.

Neither I nor the BCCI have approached any former Australian cricketer: Shah

Regarding the Team India coaching job, Jay Shah released a statement after former Australia greats Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer revealed that they turned down the job.  "Neither I nor the BCCI have approached any former Australian cricketer with a coaching offer," Shah stated. "The reports circulating in certain media sections are completely incorrect."

"Finding the right coach for our national team is a meticulous and thorough process. We are focused on identifying individuals who possess a deep understanding of the Indian cricket structure and have risen through the ranks," he continued.