Rahul Dravid likely to be New Zealand series interim coach
Rahul Dravid will likely be approached by the Indian Cricket Council to be the interim home series coach of India against New Zealand. Head coach Ravi Shastri and core support staff will move on after the T20 World Cup, but the board has realized that the search for a new coach may take longer than expected and wish so an experienced hand like Dravid at the bar as a stop. arrangement of the gaps.
It has been learned that a few Australian coaches have expressed interest in the position, but BCCI are not enthusiastic as they are focusing on an Indian for the role, before looking elsewhere. The BCCI had wanted Dravid to become the full-time coach of the Indian team but he had refused, we learn, because he did not want to travel too much.
Dravid is the head of the Bengaluru National Cricket Academy.
The Indian board then approached a few other coaches, but has yet to get a positive response.
BCCI has not officially released an announcement for the coach, but is looking for a candidate who could fit the bill. The Indian Cricket Council first tries to find out about the availability of potential candidates before posting an advertisement.
“We wanted the candidate who we think is best suited for the job to accept first (to apply for the job),” said a BCCI official. “We don’t want a situation where we get applications but no one is seen as ideal. It will be embarrassing for the board of directors and for the candidates as well. So it’s best to find a suitable candidate first, until Dravid can be an interim coach, ”said a BCCI official.
The board had initially considered the possibility of asking Shastri to continue to this New Zealand series, but has since changed their mind. Dravid coached India’s second team in Sri Lanka when the main team played simultaneously in Australia earlier this year. India are expected to play two tests and three T20s against New Zealand immediately following the T20 World Cup.
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 resign after the T20 World Cup.