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Chappell may work with the Australian academy
April 13, 2007 13:05 IST
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's bid to rope in Greg Chappell as a consultant may come to a 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 Aussie team's reins 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," he said in what is probably his first interview to the Australian media after returning from India.
"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 nearly two-year association with the Indian team snapped after the side's disastrous World Cup campaign, which saw them make a shocking first round exit following a humiliating defeat to Bangladesh.
After the World Cup disaster, Chappell decided not to seek an extension of his contract with the Indian team but the BCCI reportedly offered the former Australian captain a consultant's job at the National Cricket Academy.
Chappell, meanwhile, asserted that his troubled tenure with the Indian team has not turned him off coaching.
"I don't feel (cheesed off), not at all," said the Australian, who is in Brisbane on a "private family business".
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 checkup in Mumbai.
"It was just a minor thing that they obviously made into something bigger," Chappell said.
"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."
Talking about World Cup, Chappell felt that with India and Pakistan already out of the competition, Ricky Ponting's men looked a clear favourite.
"Australia is my tip," he said.
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