Even though reports had surfaced that Rahul Dravid politely declined to take up the offer to be India's Head coach after Ravi Shastri's tenure comes to an end, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah have been able to convince the former Indian skipper to take up the new role. According to the Times of India, Dravid will be stepping down as the head of the NCA soon Paras Mhambrey and the duo will be with the senior team set up till the 2023 World Cup in India.
“Dravid has confirmed he will be the next head coach of the Indian team. He will be stepping down as the head of the NCA soon,” a top BCCI official told TOI on Friday night after the IPL final.
“He was re-appointed as the NCA head last month. But the BCCI needed a strong candidate to take Indian cricket forward. He has worked so hard to develop the next line of Indian cricketers. Even Mhambrey knows this next lot of players like the back of his hand. So, Ganguly and Shah thought it would be best if they could bring both of them on board. They will assume charge from the New Zealand series after the World Cup,” the source added.
While there is no decision regarding R Sridhar yet, it is reported that Vikram Rathour will continue to be with the Indian side as the batting coach. BCCI will be initiating the process soon, but it is learnt that Dravid will be taking over the duties from the New Zealand series.