New Delhi: Former skipper Sourav Ganguly yesterday preferred to remain tightlipped on whether he is a possible contender for next coach of the Indian cricket team, saying "let's not speculate".
Ganguly's reaction came after reports emerged that he is in the race to become the new Indian cricket team coach and has put in an informal word to the new BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya about his interest to replace Duncan Fletcher, whose tenure ended after the World Cup.
"I am hearing this for the first time," was Ganguly's reaction when asked about whether he is in the fray to be the next coach.
"I don't want to say anything on this. Let's not speculate. Don't jump the gun," he added.
According to a newspaper report, a Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) official said that Ganguly has expressed his willingness to become the coach to new BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya.
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