The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken a significant step that might shape the future of Indian cricket. The richest cricket body made the headlines after the members of the board announced the contract extension for the head coach, meaning that Rahul Dravid will continue to contribute as the chief coach.
Earlier, there were reports of Rahul Dravid contemplating stepping down as the head coach after his tenure came to an end following the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023. With India losing to Australia in the final showdown, it triggered a spate of doubts as to whether BCCI would consider extending Rahul Dravid’s contract.
With VVS Laxman appointed as the interim coach of the ongoing five-match T20I series against Australia, speculations were rife that he is set to take over the reins from Rahul Dravid. Nevertheless, the BCCI put all those speculations to bed by extending the contract of Rahul Dravid.
Rahul Dravid to continue as India’s head coach
The veteran will continue to play a crucial role in the long-term planning and development of a team in the hope of signing off his coaching career with a World Cup in the future. Meanwhile, India’s apex cricket body also announced the extension of contracts for the Support Staff of India.
The head coach himself expressed that he is extremely proud of the positive culture and relationship that they have set in the dressing room. Moreover, the head coach’s relationship with the cricketers and the ability to create a positive team culture is crucial in steering the team in the right direction.
“I thank the BCCI and the Office Bearers for placing their trust in me, endorsing my vision, and providing support during this period. The demands of this role necessitate considerable time away from home, and I deeply appreciate my family’s sacrifices and support. Their instrumental role behind the scenes has been invaluable. As we embrace new challenges post the World Cup, we remain committed to the pursuit of excellence,” Rahul Dravid was quoted as saying by the BCCI website.