Rahul Dravid offered a two-year contract to continue as India A and U-19 coach

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Rahul Dravid offered a two-year contract to continue as India A and U-19 coach

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Rahul Dravid has been given a two-year extension to continue as the coach of the U-19 and India A teams, but the contract details have not been finalised yet. The decision was taken by the Cricket Advisory Committee(CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.

Dravid was chosen to continue as the coach without inviting any applications from the interested candidates and without conducting any interviews, unlike Anil Kumble, who will have to go through the whole process to continue coaching the Indian cricket team after India's tour of West Indies.

A BCCI official revealed that a clause in Dravid's contract allowed the former Indian batsman to continue as the coach without inviting fresh applications for the post unlike Kumble's.

“In Dravid’s contract, there is a line which states the BCCI can give extension to him. Whereas in (Anil) Kumble’s contract there is no clause of extension. That is why process (to call me applicants) was followed in Kumble’s case,” a BCCI official told Indian Express.

Like the appointment of the new Indian head coach, the Committee of Administrators(CoA) wanted to invite fresh applications for the post of the coach of the U-19 and India-A teams but were then informed of the existing clause.

The CoA then approved the extension and now the only thing that will prove pivotal in Dravid's extension will be the salary that the former Indian batsman would be paid for his duties. Earlier, Dravid used to draw more than four crores for his 10-month contract in the same role.

“The CAC has approved the two-year extension and now everything depends on money to be paid to Dravid. The earlier contract was for ten months and board paid him more than four crores. Now, a new contract with new salary has to be provided. There is a chance that his appointment would come up at board special general body meeting,” source in the BCCI informed.

Rahul Dravid did not attend the U-19 team selection meeting earlier this month as his contract had been terminated to avoid any controversies. The former Indian batsman was accused of not following the conflict of interest norm by former CoA member Ramchandra Guha and had then requested the CoA to clarify his role following which the CoA decided to issue only two-year contracts rather than the 10-month contracts that were provided earlier. If Dravid accepts the CoA's proposal he will no more be allowed to carry on his role as a mentor for the Delhi Daredevils in the coming years.

The India U-19 team is scheduled to leave for England in the coming month where they will play a short series with the hosts.

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