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Rahul Dravid officially applies for team India’s head coach post, Laxman in the fray to be NCA chief.

Decorated former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid has reportedly applied for the post of team India’s head coach following the advertisement from the BCCI. Dravid is all but certain to take up the charge after Ravi Shastri’s quit.

Dravid, who is currently heading the National Cricket Academy (NCA), had close discussions with the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and BCCI Secretary Jay Shah in the past and has purportedly agreed to take up command of the senior Indian team after the T20 World Cup 2021.

With, 40-years old, Rahul Dravid entering the race to become India’s next head coach after Ravi Shastri, the competition has almost diluted and the job for Cricket Advisory Committee has turned out to be a mere formality.

Moreover, Dravid, apart from being the fan-favourite, has won the confidence of Sourav Ganguly and several other BCCI officials with his work at NCA and at the India U-19 level.

“Yes, Rahul has formally applied today as it’s the last day of the deadline. His team at the NCA, bowling coach Paras (Mhambrey) and fielding coach Abhay (Sharma) have already applied. His application was just a formality,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Tuesday.

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Team India will remain under Dravid’s eye until 2023. The new Indian T20I skipper will also be appointed along with the appointment of the head coach. In all likelihood, Rohit Sharma will be given the responsibility to lead the T20I team.

VVS Laxman to be next NCA head:

It is also learnt that VVS Laxman is expected to apply for the vacant post of NCA head post Dravid’s inclusion in team India.

Laxman, who is currently the mentor of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), will have to leave all his other commitments including media deals, commentary and writing columns if he gets selected to be the chief of NCA.

While Laxman is deemed to be the perfect choice to replace Rahul Dravid at NCA, BCCI could also approach former Indian skipper Anil Kumble. 

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