The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed former India skipper Rahul Dravid as Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Dravid was likely to take over the role from July 1, but his job with the India Cements caused a slight delay.
Dravid to take over as head of NCA
The Committee of Administrators (CoA) had asked Rahul Dravid to give up his post as vice-president of India Cements or be on leave until he completes his tenure. The batting legend will be on leave, India Cements revealed on July 8 (Monday). Dravid has played a significant role in the bridging the gap between India A and the national team. He also has ensured a strong bench strength and India have a like-to-like replacement for every possible spot.
BCCI said that Rahul Dravid will head all the cricket related activities that include coaching, mentoring, motive each and everyone involved at the NCA. He will also work closely with the coaches and identify proper training and development activities. Dravid had earlier coached the India U19 team which won the U19 World Cup trophy under the leadership of Prithvi Shaw in Australia in 2018.
“Mr Dravid will oversee all cricket related activities at NCA and will be involved in mentoring, coaching, training and motivating players, coaches and support staff at the NCA,” BCCI said in a release.
“Dravid will also work closely with the National men’s and women’s Head coaches and coaches for India Developmental teams including India A, India Under 19, India Under 23 teams, in the identification of key training and development objectives,” the release added.
Meanwhile, BCCI has not specified the tenure of Rahul Dravid’s employment. The 46-year-old will also monitor the progress against these objectives for the developmental teams and give inputs on the same to the Senior Men’s and Women’s Head Coaches.
Rahul Dravid has represented India in 164 Test matches and has scored 13288 runs with 36 centuries and 63 fifties. He also played 344 ODIs and has hit 10,889 runs with 12 tons and 83 half centuries.