No plans of Rahul Dravid replacing Anil Kumble as coach, says CoA member Diana Edulji

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No plans of Rahul Dravid replacing Anil Kumble as coach, says CoA member Diana Edulji

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SportsCafe Desk

03/12/2017

Diana Edulji, a member of the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators, has denied media reports that Rahul Dravid will replace Anil Kumble as Team India coach after the ongoing Test series against Australia, with the leg-spinner expected to take up the role of team director.

According to a report in the New Indian Express, Kumble was approached by the CoA with the offer of becoming team director and has until April 14 to decide.

"We need to move ahead with the times and that is why these structural changes are looked at. If it happens, Indian cricket will benefit, as one person will handle all the teams and there will be better coordination between all concerned. The plan is already in place and there is a strong possibility that when new contracts are given out, these changes will be made," the newspaper quoted an unnamed BCCI source as saying.

"It is too early to say whether Kumble will take up the role or not. Being the coach and team director (with new responsibility) is no easy thing as it needs a lot of dedicated time. The amount of cricket we play might burn him out. If he doesn't, we need the back-up as we can't let the team getting affected, particularly with the Champions Trophy coming up," the source added.

The report also said that the BCCI was not interested in continuing with the cricket advisory committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, and Sourav Ganguly.

However, speaking to the India Today website, former India women’s skipper Edulji has denied any such development taking place.

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