Rahul Dravid is likely to reapply for the post of Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited job applications for the all-important role. Dravid was appointed as the NCA chief in 2019 and the board invited applications as per protocol as the former India captain’s contract has expired.
Dravid has been credited with being instrumental in building a strong bench strength for India during his days as the Under-19 coach and the India A coach was appointed as the NCA chief in August 2019. According to the Press Trust of India, Dravid is likely to reapply for a two-year extension. The last date to apply is August 15.
Speculation is rife that Rahul Dravid may be considered for the role of India’s men’s team head coach with Ravi Shastri’s stint in November 2021 after the T20 World Cup. The current age limit set for a head coach is 60, like the NCA lead role, and Shastri turned 59 in May. If India doesn’t do well in the T20 World Cup, Dravid could come into the picture.
The BCCI said, “Rahul Dravid could have applied for the position again but with Ravi Shastri’s tenure ending in November 2021 after the T20 World Cup, Rahul is most likely to be promoted to the position of head coach. Below line, he remains a part of the system.” The source told the news agency.
When Dravid was asked about his thoughts on coaching India
Dravid had recently visited Sri Lanka as the head coach of India’s limited overs team with the Test team in England at the same time.
After the conclusion of six matches in Sri Lanka, he was asked if he wanted to be India’s head coach for a long time, but he remained non-committal on the high-profile topic.
“I haven’t really thought too far ahead. I’m enjoying doing what I’m doing,” he said.
India are yet to win a major competition under the partnership of Kohli and Shastri but have done well as a Test team, with their two series wins in Australia.
“Head Cricket NCA will be overall responsible for running all cricket coaching programs at the NCA. He will be responsible for the preparation, development and performance of all cricketers attending training at the Academy,” read part of the NCA Head job description. BCCI website
“He will be single-handedly responsible for the development of budding and young cricketers within the men’s and women’s player development programmes, which are sent to the NCA.
It added, “The remit may include, but is not limited to, India A sides, under 23, under 19, under 16 team players as well as state association players who train at the NCA and NCA Let’s upgrade my skills,” it added.