Rahul Dravid likely to be interim coach for New Zealand series


Rahul Dravid The Indian cricket board is likely to be approached to be the interim coach for India’s home series against New Zealand. The core of head coach Ravi Shastri and support staff will go ahead after the T20 World Cup but the board has realized that the search for a new coach may take longer than expected and hence keeping an experienced hand like Dravid at the top as a stopover Wants – Interval arrangement.

It is learned that some Australian coaches have shown interest in the job, but the BCCI is not keen on the role as they are focusing on an Indian for the role before they look elsewhere. The BCCI wanted Dravid to become the full-time coach of the Indian team, but he declined, it is learned, as he did not want to travel too much.

Dravid is in charge of the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

The Indian board later approached a few more coaches but has not received a positive response so far.

The BCCI has not officially given any advertisement for the coach, but it is looking for a candidate who might fit the bill. Cricket Board of India is trying to ascertain the availability of potential candidates before posting the advertisement.

A BCCI official explained the reason for the delay in the advertisement, “We wanted the candidate we believe to be the best fit for the job, to first agree (to apply for the job).” “We don’t want a situation where we get applications but no one is seen as ideal. It will be embarrassing for the board and also for the candidates. So it is better to find a suitable candidate first, till then Dravid can be the interim coach.

The board had initially considered the possibility of requesting Shastri to continue till the New Zealand series, but has since changed its mind. Dravid has coached the second-line Indian team in Sri Lanka, when the main team was playing in Australia earlier this year. India has to play two Tests and three T20 matches against New Zealand immediately after the T20 World Cup.

The tenure of Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar ends after the T20 World Cup. Indian team trainer Nick Webb will also retire after the T20 World Cup.

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