Mumbai: Rahul Dravid reportedly has politely refused the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) offer to take up the senior men’s team coach role.
The BCCI’s offer to Rahul Dravid comes after the current India head coach Ravi Shastri has announced that the upcoming T20 World Cup, will be his final assignment with the Indian team.
Alongside Shastri, the senior team’s strength and conditioning coach Nick Webb has also confirmed his exit after the impending World Cup.
Meanwhile, other support staff members including bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar are also expected to vacate their posts.
T20 Men’s World Cup is scheduled in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14.
The 48-year-old, former Indian batter is the director of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore and is also in charge of the Under19 and India A teams.
Previously, Dravid had declined BCCI’s offer for a role with the senior team, in 2016 and 2017. He has always opted to concentrate on junior cricket and serving at the NCA.
Highly respected across all cricketing circles, Dravid has been responsible for nurturing and guiding young and raw talents under his watchful eyes for years, enabling India to have enviable bench strength and a constant supply of players at the international level.
Dravid has served as India’s overseas batting consultant in 2018, while, he travelled as the team’s coach to Sri Lanka for the limited-overs series in July, in the absence of Shastri, Arun and Vikram Rathour, who were all involved with the Indian Test squad in the United Kingdom from early June to mid-September for the World Test Championship final.
BCCI will officially advertise for the post of India’s head coach closer to the tenure end of the current staff, as per the terms laid out under its constitution.
All the T20 World Cup-bound Indian players and other support staff members are currently in the UAE. Most of them are involved in the Indian Premier League’s 2021 edition, which concludes on October 15, only two days before the start of the T20 World Cup qualifiers.
India will begin their World cup campaign against Pakistan on October 24.