In what is some big news coming in on the morning after the IPL 2021 final, former captain Rahul Dravid has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian men’s team.
A Times of India report suggests that the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah convinced Dravid to take up the job after the T20 World Cup.
“Dravid has confirmed he will be the next head coach of the Indian team. He will be stepping down as the head of the National Cricket Academy soon,” the report quoted a source as saying.
Dravid has been heading the NCA in Bangalore since 2019 and previously has coached the India Under-19 and A teams.
Recently it was widely reported that Dravid was set to take over as the interim coach for the upcoming home series with New Zealand.
India is currently coached by Ravi Shastri and captained by Virat Kohli in T20s, both of whom will not continue in their roles after the World Cup. Dravid had also recently coached the Indian team on the limited overs tour of Sri Lanka in July. Shastri is ineligible to reapply once his term expires owing to the age-restriction rules that are currently in play.
Along with Dravid, Paras Mhambrey is understood to have been appointed as bowling coach while a fielding coach is yet to be finalised. Mhambrey has been Dravid’s deputy at the NCA and has worked extensively with India A and Under-19 bowlers.
Dravid, the report said, has been given a two-year contract and will have a salary of 10 crore rupees.
After the men's T20 World Cup, India's first assignment will be to welcome the New Zealand side to play two Test and three T20Is.
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