Former India coach in no hurry to decide on NCA position April 13, 2007

Chappell tipped for role at Australian Cricket Academy


'I am not making decisions yet but after a while I will look at the options' - Chappell © AFP

The Indian board's (BCCI's) bid to rope in Greg Chappell as a consultant may come to naught with his name doing the rounds for the new head coach's role at the Australian Cricket Academy. According to media reports, Chappell is a clear favourite to succeed Tim Nielsen, who leaves the job to take over the Australian team from John Buchanan after the World Cup.

Chappell, on his part, kept the cards close to his chest and said he would reveal his future plans within three weeks. "I am not making decisions yet but after a while I will look at the options," he was quoted as saying in the Herald Sun.

Chappell said over the next few days, he would be visiting friends and family in Canberra and Adelaide before deciding his future. "I just want some time away from it all. We are just going to spend some time catching up with family all around the country and then we will work out what happens."

Chappell's 22-month association with the Indian team snapped after the side's disastrous World Cup campaign. After the exit, Chappell decided not to seek an extension of his contract with the Indian team but the BCCI reportedly offered him a consultant's job at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

Chappell, meanwhile, asserted that his troubled tenure with the Indian team has not turned him off coaching. "I don't feel [cheesed of]), not at all," he said. Chappell also admitted that he feared for his security after India's flop show and Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer's murder in the World Cup.

He also criticised the Indian media for exaggerating his medical check-up in Mumbai. "It was just a minor thing that they obviously made into something bigger. The health is fine, there is no drama other than what the media made of it. I just had some tests done to make sure I was in good health to fly and come back to Australia."