Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid.

The Cricket Advisory Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) has appointed former Team India captain Rahul Dravid as the Head Coach of India’s senior cricket team.

The Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sulakshana Naik and RP Singh on Wednesday unanimously announced the appointment of Rahul Dravid as the head coach of Team India (Senior Men).

The former India captain will take charge from the upcoming home series against New Zealand.

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The BCCI invited applications for the said position on October 26 to appoint Ravi Shastri’s successor, whose term gets over after the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup.

BCCI has congratulated Shastri, former Team Director & Head Coach, B. Arun (Bowling Coach), R. Sridhar (Fielding Coach) and Vikram Rathour (Batting Coach) on a successful tenure.

Under Shastri, Team India adopted a bold and fearless approach and performed creditably both in home and away conditions.

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India climbed to the top position in the Test format and made it to the final of the inaugural World Test Championship in England.

Rahul Dravid will succeed Ravi Shastri as Head Coach of Team India after the ongoing T20 World Cup in the UAE.

Dravid’s two-year term will begin with the upcoming home series against New Zealand, starting on November 17.

“It is an absolute honour to be appointed as the new head coach of the Indian cricket team, I am really looking forward to this role,” Rahul Dravid was quoted as saying in a BCCI statement.

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“Under Mr (Ravi) Shastri, the team has done very well, and I hope to work with the team to take this forward,” Dravid said.

“Having worked closely with most of the boys either at NCA [National Cricket Academy], U19 and India A setup, I know they have the passion and desire to improve every day. There are some marquee multi-team events in the next two years, and I look forward to working with the players and the support staff to achieve our potential,” the statement said.

“Rahul’s effort at the NCA has nurtured several young cricketing talents who have gone on to represent the country at the international stage. I am hopeful that his new stint will take Indian cricket to new heights,” said BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.

“I am hopeful that his new stint will take Indian cricket to new heights. Rahul has had an illustrious playing career and is one of the greats of the game. He has also served Indian cricket as Head of National Cricket Academy (NCA) with distinction,” BCCI president Ganguly added.

Dravid has been the director of the NCA in Bengaluru following four years as coach of India A and India Under-19.

Under him, India reached two Under-19 World Cup finals, losing one (to West Indies in 2016) and winning one (against Australia in 2018).

At the NCA, Dravid helped set up a process for injury management and rehabilitation, as well as training programmes for coaches across the country, and developed roadmaps for age-group, men’s and women’s cricket.


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