Cricket: Simpson talks to India about coaching post

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The former Australian captain and coach Bob Simpson yesterday denied that he had signed up with India to help their 1999 World Cup campaign, but admitted that was interested in helping the country in a part-time capacity.

Earlier Jayant Lele, the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, announced that Simpson had been appointed technical consultant ahead of the World Cup in England. The BCCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur said Simpson was expected in India in February.

However Simpson said he had discussed the job but nothing had been decided. "I certainly had some discussions with them when I was in India recently acting as International Cricket Council referee but I haven't been officially informed, nor do I know anything about the appointment," Simpson said.

"They asked me whether I'd be interested in an involvement in coaching India and I said not on a full-time basis, but I would consider doing some consultancy work," Simpson said.

If he accepted the BCCI's offer Simpson would find himself working against the Australians in a Test series in India next year. "I don't think that would be any real problem, I'd only be there on a consultancy basis to assist them to do certain things.

"They are a team with an enormous amount of talent and I think they can do a lot better, I really do."

Simpson said his contractual arrangement with the Australian Cricket Board required him to visit every state at least once a year in whatever capacity the states required.

He coached Australia for the best part of a decade, guiding them to a win in the 1987 World Cup and the final in 1996 before being replaced by Geoff Marsh last year.