Door open for Rahul Dravid as BCCI invites applications for India head coach position ahead of T20 World Cup

With the T20 World Cup approaching, the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Monday invited applications for the post of head coach of the senior men's cricket team. Indian head coach Rahul Dravid will have to reapply if the batting legend wants to extend his stay with the Rohit Sharma-led team after the ICC T20 World Cupco-hosted by the United States and former champions – the West Indies.

Indian head coach Rahul Dravid during a practice session (PTI)

As per the media advisory shared by the BCCI, applications for the position must be submitted by 6 pm IST on May 27, 2024. “The selection process will include an in-depth review of the applications, followed by personal interviews and assessments pre-selected candidates.” the BCCI said in a statement.

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Although the Indian team has launched its search for a new head coach of the men's cricket team, the apex cricket board has left the door open for Dravid. Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary, told reporters in Mumbai that Dravid could reapply for the top job since his term ends in June.

“Rahul Dravid’s tenure is coming to an end”

“We will invite applications in the coming days. Rahul Dravid's tenure is coming to an end. He has to reapply if he is to continue. We are looking for a long-term coach, for three years,” Shah said to journalists. THURSDAY. Dravid got an extension after the 2023 World Cup. Under Dravid's leadership, Rohit and Co. reached the final of the 50-over World Cup last year.

“No precedent of different coaches”

BCCI secretary Shah asserted that the new appointment would be for a three-year term. “There is no precedent of different coaches for different formats in Indian cricket. Besides, we have a number of players who are all-format players. There are many common players in formats such as Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma Ultimately it is the call of the Cricket Advisory Committee, I have to implement what they decide,” he added.

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