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Shane Warne reportedly interested in coaching India

Cricket round-up: The Australian legspinner allegedly has expressed interest while Pakistan make big changes in squad for West Indies tour.

NEW DELHI // A news report says that former Australia legspinner Shane Warne has expressed an interest in coaching the India.

The Mail Today newspaper reported Wednesday that Warne said that coaching India would be a difficult job but one that he would enjoy.

The coaching job with the newly crowned world champions became vacant after South African Gary Kirsten chose not to renew his three-year contract.

Warne is currently in India as coach of the Rajasthan Royals team of the cash-rich Indian Premier League. He coached that team to victory in the 2008 IPL.

The IPL Twenty20 tournament starts Friday.

Gul opts out, Pakistan drop three for West Indies

Pakistan 's selectors have omitted senior players Younis Khan, Kamran Akmal and Abdul Razzaq for the one-day in the West Indiesfrom April 21.

The Pakistan cricket Board has, however, retained all-rounder Shahid Afridi as captain for the five one-day internationals and one T20 game in the Caribbean.

Pakistan's one-day team was announced on Wednesday just one week after the World Cup semi-final loss to India in Mohali.

Afridi and chief selector Mohsin Khan had indicated that they were looking at rebuilding a fresh side for limited overs cricket.

The 16-member squad also does not include fast bowler Umar Gul, who himself withdraw from the tour.

"I wanted a break from cricket for a while so I requested the board to not consider me for the tour," Gul said.

"I had also informed the chief selector that I wanted to spend time with my family," added Gul, who finished with 14 wickets in the world cup.

The selectors have included rookie pacer Aizaz Cheema, who joins Junaid Khan as the two uncapped players in the touring squad.

Khan said that the squad for the two test matches against the West Indies would be announced later.

He said wicketkeeper Kamran had been dropped because of poor form. "Basically we want to try out some new players on this tour," said Khan.

Uncapped Mohammad Salman will replace Kamran, who struggled at the World Cup, while the selectors have also included young batsman Usman Salahuddin and all-rounder Hammad Azam.

Squad: Shahid Afridi (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Taufiq Umar, Usman Salahuddin, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Tanvir Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Hammad Azam, Aizaz Cheema, Mohammad Salman.