Rahul Dravid: It turns out that some Australian coaches have expressed interest in the job. But the BCCI is not thrilled as they are targeting an Indian for the role before looking elsewhere.
Head coach Ravi Shastri and the core of the support team will move on after the T20 World Cup. But the board has acknowledged that the search for a new coach could take longer than expected. And would therefore like to have an experienced hand like Dravid at the helm as a stopgap measure.
The BCCI had wanted Dravid to be the full-time coach of the Indian team. But he had reportedly refused as he did not want to travel too much.
Dravid is the director of the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.
The Indian board later reached out to some other coaches but has yet to receive a positive response.
The BCCI did not officially announce the coach but looked for a suitable candidate.
The Indian Cricket Board first tries to find out the availability of potential candidates before posting an advertisement.
“We wanted the candidate whom we feel is best suited for the job to agree first (to apply for the job),” a BCCI official explained their rationale to delay the advertisement. “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 for the candidates too. So it’s better to find a suitable candidate first, till then Dravid can be interim coach,” a BCCI official said.
The board initially considered asking Shastri to continue until that New Zealand streak but has since changed his mind. Dravid coached the second Indian team in Sri Lanka. When the main team was playing in Australia at the same time earlier this year.
The tenure of Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and field coach R Sridhar ends after the T20 World Cup. Indian team coach Nick Webb will also retire after the T20 World Championship.
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