According to news agency PTI, former India captain and current NCA head Rahul Dravid has formally applied for the role of Indian cricket team head coach on Tuesday. Dravid is believed to be the first choice of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Rahul Dravid for the high-profile job.
Rahul Dravid, one of greatest batsmen in the game of cricket, is all but certain to to be the Indian cricket team’s next head coach. Notably, current coach Ravi Shastri's tenure is set to end with India's campaign at the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE and Oman.
With Dravid, the current head of National Cricket Academy (NCA( applying, the job for the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) becomes easier as there aren’t any big names in fray who can match the batting great’s stature.
“Yes, Rahul has formally applied today as it’s the last day of the deadline. His team at the NCA, bowling coach Paras (Mhambrey) and fielding coach Abhay (Sharma) have already applied. His application was just a formality,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Tuesday.
Interestingly, just a few days ago, Sourav Ganguly had said that Rahul Dravid was not yet interested to take up the job.
"There is no confirmation (On Dravid becoming coach)," Ganguly, who captained Dravid and later played under him, had said on Aaj Tak's Salaam Cricket 2021.
"If he wants to apply, he will apply, the process has to happen. For now, he is the coach of NCA and I believe NCA has a big role to play in Indian cricket. I have spoken to him earlier about this as well and he was not that interested and I feel the situation is still the same. He has asked for some time, let's see what happens," the BCCI president had added.