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Zaheer Khan likely to become Team India's bowling coach

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:47 IST

After the appointment of former spinner Anil Kumble as Team India's head coach, another bowling legend Zaheer Khan is in fray to take up the coaching role with the ever-improving national cricket team.

The former seamer has become the frontrunner to the Indian team as their bowling coach - a position that has been left vacant since the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided not to renew Bharath Arun's contract earlier this year.

Despite the speculations, Zak has revealed that he would think about the opportunity once it's offered to him. "Right now I am focused on what I have it on my plate, like playing the next season of the IPL. I am also spending a lot of energy on my business venture - a fitness chain.

Those things are keeping me busy. But I am open to different roles," Zaheer said while promoting the Tamil Nadu Premier League.

The 37-year-old, who led Delhi Daredevils in the 2015 IPL season, said that the coach has a bigger responsibility in the game even though it's up to the players to perform. "It doesn't matter whether the coach is a former bowler or batsman. All that counts is experience," he added.

The left-handed seamer also lauded Indian speedster Mohammed Shami and said that he has all the qualities to become India's bowling spearhead.

"It's good to see him getting his confidence back. He was away for 8-9 months due to injury and it took a little longer for recovery. And I have always endorsed the idea of playing more matches. It's good for the bowlers, as they need to find a rhythm," he said.

First published: 22 August 2016, 4:21 IST