NO Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman to become India's Head Coach
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NO Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman to become India’s Head Coach: In a shocking development that has unfolded recently after Team India’s painful six-wicket defeat against Australia in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 Final, head coach Rahul Dravid is no longer looking for a contract extension as the head coach of the Indian Team. The reports have flooded after India’s World Cup 2023 defeat at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

As per an article published in the Times of India, Rahul Dravid’s coaching stint with Team India ended as the Men in Blue played the World Cup 2023 Final in Ahmedabad. He was appointed Team India’s all-format head coach in November 2021 after Ravi Shastri’s exit for two years.

If the reports are to be believed, Rahul Dravid is no longer looking for an extension to his coaching stint with Team India. The same has been communicated by him to the BCCI officials.

Furthermore, it has been reported that VVS Laxman, who will accompany a second-string Team India in the upcoming five-game T20I series against Australia, will be the obvious choice for the BCCI to hand over the reins of such a high-profile side.

Interstingly, VVS Laxman has also shown his interest in the role and the decision on the same will be taken in a short while.

“Laxman wants to become the coach. During the World Cup, Laxman met the top board officials in this regard. He will be signing a long-time contract as the Team India coach and will travel with the players for the upcoming tour of South Africa,” a reliable source in the BCCI told TOI.

The source further added that Dravid will trace his way back to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) as the chief of the prestigious academy.

“Dravid has communicated to the BCCI that he doesn’t want to continue. He wants to go back to NCA,” the source said.

The source also added that Rahul Dravid is also in touch with a couple of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises for a two-year contract as the head coach. However, these reports can’t be said to be true as one cannot be NCA chief and coach an IPL franchise simultaneously as it violates BCCI’s rules.

Only one role can be taken at a time as it involves the ‘Conflict of Interest’. Either Rahul Dravid can be the head of the NCA or he can take up the coaching roles in one of the IPL franchises.

As of now, VVS Laxman, who is boasted to be India’s next head coach, is spearheading a second-string Indian side in the five games T20I series against Australia. The T20I series begins today (23rd November) in Vishakhapatnam.

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For more details head to BCCI’s official website.