Former Indian skipper, Rahul Dravid will be expected to reapply for the post of Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has started accepting new applications for the all-important role. Dravid was appointed as the NCA head in 2019 and on Tuesday, the BCCI has opened the applications as per protocol as the former India captain’s contract is coming to an end.
Rahul Dravid often gets the credit for helping create a strong bench strength for India during his days as U-19 coach and India A coach was appointed as the NCA head in August 2019. According to the reports of PTI, Dravid is likely to reapply for a two-year extension. The last date for application is August 15.
Speculation is rife that Rahul Dravid will have the chance of being considered for the India men’s team head coach role with Ravi Shastri’s tenure ending in November 2021, after the T20 World Cup. The current age limit set for the head coach is 60 years, as the NCA head role, and Shastri is already 59. Dravid might come into the picture if India doesn’t do well in the T20 World Cup.
One of the sources of PTI in BCCI said, “Rahul Dravid could well reapply for the post but with Ravi Shastri’s tenure ending in November 2021 after T20 WC, there is every possibility of Rahul being elevated to head coach’s position. Bottom line, he remains very much a part of system.”
Recent Rahul Dravid recently went to Sri Lanka as head coach of India’s limited-overs squad as the Test team was in the UK at the same time. After the conclusion of the six limited-overs matches in Sri Lanka, he was asked if wanted to be India head coach on a long-term basis but he was non-committal on the high-profile subject.
Rahul Dravid said, “I haven’t really thought anything far ahead, to be honest. I am enjoying doing what I am doing.”