KS Bharat, Rahul Dravid {PC: Twitter}
Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma {PC: Twitter}

A Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official has provided an update about the future of Rahul Dravid as head coach of the team. He said that the the former Indian skipper had a conversation with officials and they would respect the decision made by him. 

Rahul Dravid’s tenure as a head coach of the Indian Cricket Team came to an end after the ICC World Cup 2023. The former Indian skipper played a great role for the team throughout his tenure and under him team achieved some historic feats. 

Rahul Dravid brought the team back on track after Virat Kohli‘s captaincy saga. The former Indian skipper developed a great bond between the players. While his performance as a coach wasn’t that great, he did some great things for the team and helped them get the right combination. 

Rahul Dravid as a coach of Team India faced some heartbreaking losses. Under him, India lost to Australia in the ICC WTC Final and recently concluded ICC World Cup 2023. But with the brand of cricket the Indian team played under him, many have urged him to take up the new contract. 

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A BCCI official said that with the T20 World Cup 2024 slated to take next year, the feeling inside the board is the new coach can build up easily. He added that they will respect Rahul Dravid’s decision. Speaking to PTI, the official explained: 

“Rahul and the BCCI had a talk about where things stand now. We will respect the decision taken by him. The general feeling is that with the T20 World Cup about 7-8 months away, there is time for a new coach to come in and build a team and set a process. He (Dravid) is quite aware of that.” 

Options are open for head coach, Laxman is familiar with the team – BCCI official on head coach position 

Currently, VVS Laxman is the head coach of the team for the ongoing T20I series against Australia. The former Indian star has often taken charge when Rahul Dravid was rested as the head coach. 

The BCCI official added that talks related to continuity for the current coach/captain combination are taking place. He also talked about the possibility of having VVS Laxman as coach and stated: 

“We are also talking about whether continuity (current coach/captain combination) is needed for the (T20) WC. We are hoping to reach a decision soon so that the path forward is clear 

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“Options are open (for head coach). He (Laxman) is familiar with the team, players and the methods. He also has experience working with the national team.” 

There have been quite a few reports that have suggested that Rahul Dravid might join the IPL franchise Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) as a mentor for IPL 2024. It remains to be seen what will be his future in the Indian team.

Ankitjit is an author at Cricketaddictor. He has been working with the organization since April 2023 and he has written more than 2000 articles for the website.