In a significant development for Indian cricket, Rahul Dravid has accepted the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) offer for a contract extension, securing his position as the head coach of the Men in Blue. The extension, reportedly open-ended, will see Dravid continue the impactful journey he began two years ago.
The decision to retain Dravid comes as a strategic move by the BCCI to preserve the established structure and positive team environment crafted under his leadership. The board recognizes the value of continuity, aiming to avoid potential disruptions that a change in coaching staff might entail.
With this acceptance, Dravid is set to embark on his second stint with the team, and his initial assignment will be the upcoming tour of South Africa scheduled to commence from December 10. The tour comprises three ODIs, three T20Is, and two Tests, presenting an early challenge for the coaching staff.
Following the South Africa tour, the Indian cricket team is slated to engage in a five-match Test series against England on home soil. The schedule for 2024 is further packed with preparations for the ICC T20 World Cup in June, set to take place in West Indies/USA.
Rahul Dravid assumed the role of head coach after the ICC T20 World Cup in 2021, succeeding Ravi Shastri. His initial two-year term culminated with India’s commendable runners-up finish in the ICC Cricket World Cup, marking the joint-best result under his coaching in an ICC tournament.
The decision to continue as head coach signifies Dravid’s commitment to furthering the team’s success and building on the foundations laid during his tenure. The extension is expected to ensure stability within the coaching staff, with assistant coaches Vikram Rathour, Paras Mhambrey, and T Dilip likely to retain their roles.
The cricketing community awaits Dravid’s continued impact on the team as he leads the Men in Blue through the upcoming challenges and endeavors on the international stage post the 2023 World Cup.