Joe Dawes © Getty Images
Joe Dawes’s contract with the Indian team was till the end of the ICC World Cup 2015 © Getty Images

New Delhi: Oct 28, 2014

India‘s bowling coach Joe Dawes affirmed that he was not sacked by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) instead they parted ways “amicably” even as he was very much interested in working with the team at the upcoming World Cup.

Australian media had on Monday reported that the former paceman was sacked by the Indian Board but Dawes said he turned down the offer to work at National Cricket Academy (NCA). Dawes and fielding coach Trevor Penney were asked by the BCCI to go on a break after India’s debacle in the away Test series against England in August.

“It was absolutely amicable. We were involved in a process over the past two months that we had been working through,” Dawes told ESPNcricinfo.

Dawes chose not to speak on the BCCI decision to rest him during the England tour. “The actual process and what went on, I don’t really want to talk about it. It is just not worth talking about it. We parted ways really amicably and I don’t want to risk in any shape or form,” he said.

Dawes said BCCI had given them the option to continue working with them at NCA but it was not something he wanted. “That was one of the options at one stage we thought about. But I decided to move on,” Dawes said

Dawes had told an Australian newspaper that the BCCI felt language had been a hindrance in his interactions with the Indian players. “They thought there was a language barrier issue,” Dawes had said.

“But I had things in place to assist me with that. I have a very simple grasp of Hindi but cricket is also a universal language. I would use either the manager or one of the bowlers who spoke English to communicate. I would use Ishant Sharma all the time because he spoke good English. I would always make sure he was around to give me a hand.”