India head coach hunt: Rahul Dravid rejected senior players' request to continue, VVS Laxman unlikely to apply

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Rahul Dravid (left) and VVS Laxman (agencies)

Rahul Dravid (left) and VVS Laxman (agencies)

Rahul Dravid has refused any further extension as he now wants to spend time with his family, while VVS Laxman is also unlikely to send in his application.

The BCCI recently invited applications for the position of head coach of the Indian men's cricket team, with incumbent Rahul Dravid's contract extension set to end once the upcoming T20 World Cup concludes. Dravid's original contract was valid until the 2023 ODI World Cup, but he got an extension and the legendary batter is now no longer willing to continue in the role due to personal reasons.

According to a report from The Hindu, Dravid has already informed the BCCI top brass even before the start of IPL 2024 about his decision not to apply for the job as he now wants to spend time with his family. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah recently said that the doors remain open for Dravid as he can also apply for the coaching position.

According to the report, several senior Indian players wanted Dravid to continue his role with the Test team for a year, but the former skipper decided to move on.

Current National Cricket Academy director VVS Laxman was also expected to apply for the top job and it was widely speculated that he would succeed his former Indian teammate in the role. However, according to the report, he too is unlikely to apply.

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On Monday evening, the BCCI officially announced its search for Dravid's replacement, detailing the required qualifications and a detailed job description for eligible candidates. The deadline to submit nominations to the board is May 27.

According to a report published in The Indian ExpressThe BCCI has former New Zealand captain and current Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming on its radar as a potential successor to Dravid.

Fleming and BCCI reportedly met informally during IPL 2024.

Fleming is a revered figure on the Indian cricket circuit thanks to his success with CSK, a franchise that has won five IPL titles under his leadership since he took over as head coach in 2009. Moreover, under his leadership , CSK also won the now-defunct Champions. T20 League titles twice.

Despite speculation that there might be different coaches for the red and white ball formats, the BCCI has fixed in its requirements that the new coach would be in charge of all three formats.

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