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'Ready To Coach Pakistan,' Ex-Indian Middle-Order Batter Wants To Help Old Nemesis

image-lpta0zwhPakistan faced a pre-semifinal exit from World Cup 2023 (Twitter)

Former India batter Ajay Jadeja gave an open-minded answer to the query if he is interested in coaching Pakistan out of the slump endured in India during the ICC World Cup 2023. As Pakistan approach a transition phase after their disastrous pre-semifinal exit, Jadeja said, "I am ready" to be at the helm of support staff for India's historic arch-rivals. 

Jadeja was Afghanistan's mentor when they underwent a highly impressive run in the same tournament, clinching a win over Pakistan in Chennai and going on to record four victories out of nine league games while securing a maiden Champions Trophy qualification berth in 2025. 

The experienced head attracted praise from all corners for his guidance to the rising Afghan side and for playing an instrumental role in making them a rounded and resilient outfit against the world's finest opposition teams. 

Ajay Jadeja Open To Coach Pakistan 

In a conversation with Sports Tak, Jadeja said he noted issues with the Pakistan team on the outside and would be happy to help resolve those in the coming years if given an opportunity. Notably, Pakistan's new head coach's position is the only slot vacant under the overhauled set-up since the World Cup disaster. 

Director of Cricket Mohammad Hafeez will be doubling up as interim head coach on the coming tour of Australia. However, the former skipper is unlikely to continue doing so during the assignments that follow into the 2024 T20 World Cup next June. 

"I am ready," said Jadeja in a humorous tone when asked if he would be open to coaching Pakistan, before he gave an interesting comparison of where the 1992 champions stand in their development process. "I shared my learnings with Afghans and I believe Pakistan were once like Afghanistan. You could say anything you wanted to in the face of your teammate," he added.