Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announce that it is going to stick with Rahul Dravid as the head coach of the Indian team, at least for the immediate future. As BCCI and Rahul Dravid arrive at the decision after a week of discussions.
But, BCCI has not officially specified the tenure of the new contract.
As per reports, both parties have agreed to work till the T20 World Cup in June 2024 before planning for the next ODI World Cup.
BCCI source said :
"Rahul Dravid and his support staff have been ask to focus on the T20 World Cup as of now. The priority is to win that tournament in the US and Caribbean. The long-term planning can wait. Things will be taken forward from there. Their services will be on a pro-rata business as of now till modalities are formalised,".
The BCCI said in a statement that Rahul Dravid and his support staff of Paras Mhambrey (bowling coach), Vikram Rathour (batting coach) and T Dilip (fielding coach) have all given extensions to their contracts, which expire during the recent ODI World Cup.
This development comes a week prior to the Indian team’s departure for a full tour of South Africa and days after speculation rage that Rahul Dravid’s one-time Team India teammate VVS Laxman could step in as a possible replacement.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah said :
Rahul Dravid said in the statement :
BCCI’s plans post the World Cup revolve largely around the eagerness of Rahul Dravid to continue.
Keeping this in mind, the BCCI consider current National Cricket Academy (NCA) head VVS Laxman as a back-up option as head coach in case Rahul Dravid decline to continue in the role.
VVS Laxman wasn’t sure about taking up the assignment.
BCCI had ask for his passport to process his visa for South Africa and that is when VVS Laxman express his reservations.
BCCI source said :
Rahul Ram Dwivedi (RRD) is a senior journalist in 2YoDoINDIA.
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