Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly said that Indian cricket is in safe hands after the appointments of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.
Rahul Dravid took over as team India’s head coach from Ravi Shastri and started his international coaching career with a win against New Zealand in the first T20I.
VVS Laxman is all set to replace Dravid as the Head of the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.
Indian cricket is in safe hands: Sourav Ganguly on Rahul Dravid-VVS Laxman appointments
Ganguly is delighted over the appointments of his former teammates and believes they hold the most important positions in Indian cricket.
“I am very happy for them to be appointed as head coach and head of NCA because those are two very important positions in Indian cricket,” Ganguly told news agency PTI.
“You tell them that it’s important, and they agreed. We are extremely happy to have both of them, and Indian cricket is in safe hands. More than emotional, I am happy that they have both agreed, and they want to do it for Indian cricket,” the former India captain said.
VVS Laxman’s stature in Indian cricket is beyond everything: Sourav Ganguly
Earlier, Laxman was reluctant to take the role at NCA because that required him to move from Hyderabad to Bengaluru, unlike Dravid, who is a localite of the Tech City.
Ganguly appreciated Laxman for his commitment towards Indian cricket and also acknowledged that there will be a drastic change for his family.
“Laxman’s ability to be committed made us select him. He has always been a fantastic person to work with. From that point of view, his stature in Indian cricket is beyond everything. Rahul has put a system in place in NCA and obviously that will help Laxman to carry forward the good work,” Ganguly mentioned.
“He is shifting to Bangalore for next three years from Hyderabad just to serve Indian cricket. It’s remarkable.
“Of course, his earnings will drop but yeah, he has agreed. His wife and kids will also shift. His children will now study in a school in Bangalore and there will be a massive change as a family to shift base. It’s not easy unless you are so devoted to Indian cricket,” he added.
Laxman will join the NCA in December and will resign from various positions he holds, such as being the mentor of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and also won’t be part of any commentary panel.