The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has officially declared the extension of contracts for the head coach of the senior India men's team, Rahul Dravid, and his support staff. Following the conclusion of the 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup, the BCCI engaged in fruitful discussions with Dravid, resulting in a unanimous decision to prolong his tenure. However, the statement did not specify the duration of the extension.
Rahul Dravid took over as the head coach in 2021, succeeding Ravi Shastri, and his initial two-year term concluded with the recent ODI World Cup. The support staff, comprising Vikram Rathour (batting coach), Paras Mhambrey (bowling coach), and T Dilip (fielding coach), also had their contracts extended.
Expressing his sentiments, Dravid said, " The last two years with Team India have been thoroughly memorable. Together, we have witnessed the highs and lows, and throughout this journey, the support and camaraderie within the group have been phenomenal. I am genuinely proud of the culture we have set in the dressing room.."
He emphasized the team's commitment to the right processes and preparations, acknowledging the phenomenal skills and talent within the squad. Dravid expressed gratitude to the BCCI for their trust and support, recognizing the sacrifices made by his family during his considerable time away from home.
The decision to retain Dravid and the support staff comes after India's defeat to Australia in the 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup final. BCCI President Roger Binny praised Dravid's vision, professionalism, and contributions to Team India's success, highlighting the mutual respect and shared vision between Dravid and the BCCI.
The extended contracts will see Dravid and the support staff taking on their first assignment in South Africa, comprising three T20Is and ODIs each, along with two Tests, scheduled from December 10 to January 7. Subsequent fixtures include three T20Is against Afghanistan in January and a series of five Tests against England till March. The team will then regroup for the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the USA.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah expressed confidence in Dravid's leadership, acknowledging the team's top-ranking across formats as a reflection of Dravid's vision and guidance. Shah affirmed the board's full support, pledging to provide all necessary assistance for sustained success at the international level.
(With agency inputs))