Former India captain Rahul Dravid has formally applied for Team India’s head coach position, which will be vacant after the T20 World Cup as Ravi Shastri‘s tenure comes to an end.
Sources in the know of developments have told PTI that Rahul Dravid, who is the current head of National Cricket Academy, applied for the role on the last deadline day, and that his “application was just a formality” as he’s all but confirmed to be India’s next head coach.
“Yes, Rahul has formally applied today as it’s the last day of the deadline. His team at the NCA, bowling coach Paras (Mhambrey) and fielding coach Abhay (Sharma) have already applied. His application was just a formality,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Tuesday.
Rahul Dravid, who coached India on the Sri Lanka tour a couple of months ago, recently met the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah in Dubai during the IPL final between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings; it has been reported that Ganguly is primed to bring his former teammate in the head coach’s shoes.
Indian cricket will soon enter its new era with a new coach and a new T20I captain, who is likely to be Rohit Sharma as Virat Kohli had earlier announced his decision of stepping down from the post after the T20 World Cup.
VVS Laxman in talks to become next NCA head replacing Rahul Dravid
Should Rahul Dravid be appointed as the new head coach, his position as the NCA head will be vacant. It has been reported that former batsman VVS Laxman is in the fray to take that job.
It is learnt from sources that Laxman might not continue as the mentor of the IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad and in case, he is selected, he would also have to leave his media commitments, including commentary and writing columns.
Laxman would also be then required to shift from his home in Hyderabad to Bangalore, the location of the NCA. Anil Kumble is another big name who is linked with the NCA.