Mumbai: Former India captain Rahul Dravid has apparently agreed to take over as the Indian national team’s head coach, said media reports.
Dravid, who is currently in charge of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), will replace Ravi Shastri after the T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman, scheduled from October 17 to November 14.
“Dravid has confirmed he will be the next head coach of the Indian team. He will be stepping down as the head of the NCA soon,” an unnamed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) source was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
“Dravid has agreed and it cannot get better. The other positions will now be looked into while Vikram (Rathour) stays as the batting coach. The Indian team is in a state of transition with youngsters coming in and they have all worked with Dravid and it will be all the more easier for Indian cricket to continue on its path to become world beaters on the pitch,” the source was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
“Jay (Shah) and Sourav (Ganguly) spoke to him and it was about Dravid being convinced because it does need a lot of time as you need to be on the go constantly. But things went well and Dravid has always kept the interest of the Indian cricket on the top so it made things easier as the team would do well to have someone like him guiding the boys,” added the source.