Dravid submits application for Team India Head Coach

Indian cricket board has persuaded Rahul Dravid to take charge as the Team India Head Caoch.
Indian cricket board has persuaded Rahul Dravid to take charge as the Team India Head Caoch.

Rahul Dravid has initiated the process of his graduation from the National Cricket Academy director to the Indian national cricket team Head Coach. The former India captain is well poised to replace Ravi Shastri.

Dravid’s India teammate VVS Laxman is being tipped to take up the NCA job, replacing Dravid following his elevation as the Head coach of the India senior men’s team.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on October 17 had issued invitation for the position of the head coach of the Indian senior men’s team along with the batting, bowling and fielding coach. Media reports, however, much earlier confirmed that Dravid will take charge from Ravi Shastri.

The application for the Team India job is a procedural course to complete the formalities. Dravid’s name for the post had been confirmed much earlier.

The deadline for the submission for applying for the post of head coach was set at 5 PM on October 26 (Tuesday) while for the remaining four posts it has been fixed as November 3.

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Former India pacer Paras Mhambrey has reportedly applied for the post of the bowling coach.

The BCCI statement said that the remuneration for the post of head coach will be “negotiable and will be commensurated with experience” and the period of contract will be of two years.

The statement said that some of the key accountabilities for the head coach post will be that he will be responsible for developing a world class Indian cricket team which delivers sustained success in all conditions and formats, inspiring current and future generations of cricketers and stakeholders with their approach to the game.

Dravid will have a two-year contract as India’s head coach and the contract will end after the ICC World Cup in 2023.

Dravid’s first assignment as the full-time head coach will be the home series against New Zealand, which is scheduled to begin less than a week after the final of the ongoing T20 World Cup.

Team India is scheduled to play three T20Is matches on November 17, 19 and 21 at Jaipur, Ranchi and Kolkata respectively against the Kiwis.

The T20I series will be followed by two Tests, starting November 25 in Kanpur and December 3 in Mumbai respectively.

After the home series against the Kiwis, the Indian team will tour South Africa for three Tests, as many One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and four T20Is.

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