Rahul Dravid has been confirmed as the chief coach for India A and India Under-19 for the next two years, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, who hadn’t invited fresh applications for the position, announced on Friday (June 30). At the same time, keeping in mind questions about conflict of interest, he has given up his position as mentor with Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.
“Over the last two years, Rahul Dravid has been instrumental in getting young talent into the mix who have proved their worth on the big stage,” said CK Khanna, the acting president of the BCCI. “We are glad to continue his services for the next two years and are sure that this is a bright sign for Indian cricket which will see many more young talents coming up in the future.”
“Rahul Dravid is known for the discipline and commitment he brings to the table,” said Amitabh Choudhary, the BCCI acting secretary. “He has been successful in grooming the youngsters in the last two years. I wish him all the very best for his assignments with the two teams for the next two years.”
As expected, Dravid has also stepped down from his position with Daredevils, as was confirmed by a franchise spokesperson.
“It was an honour and privilege to have Rahul Dravid as mentor of the Delhi Daredevils over the last two years. We truly enjoyed our association and nurtured some great young talent together. We are sad that he will not continue with us as mentor as he chooses to serve India A as a coach. Being a true servant of cricket he believes he still has a lot to give back to the game and help nurture young India talent. We wish him all the best,” said a statement from the team.
Dravid, now 44, was originally appointed coach of the ‘A’ and Under-19 teams in July 2015, and under him the youngsters finished runners-up in the 2016 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh. The India A team, too, achieved success at home and away under Dravid, the biggest highlight being the win in the quadrangular series in Australia in September 2016, where the Indians topped Australia A, South Africa A and Cricket Australia’s National Performance Squad.
Dravid earlier earned around Rs 4 crore on a ten-month contract from the BCCI and a similar amount from Daredevils. The new BCCI contract is for 12 months, but his salary was not disclosed. It is, however, understood that Dravid would be compensated for giving up the Delhi Daredevils position.
India A are set to tour South Africa next month, beginning their campaign with a 50-over tri-series involving South Africa A and Australia A, before taking on the home side in two four-day games. Interestingly, the Under-19s will be on tour in England around the same time, as part of their build-up to the 2018 World Cup, which will be held in New Zealand from January 12 to February 4.