Team India likely to get a new head coach for T20I setup: Reports
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Team India likely to get a new head coach for T20I setup: Reports: In a massive development for Indian cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is seriously considering a separate coach for the Indian T20I setup following India’s embarrassing exit from the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. As per the reports, the office bearers may announce India’s new T20I captain and coach very soon.

Interestingly, the developments have been reported in the aftermath of India’s discomfiting departure from the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. Despite a successful run in the group stages, India slipped against England in the second semi-final of the tournament, resulting in a longer wait for another World Cup title.

According to InsideSport, the BCCI can appoint a new Indian skipper and coach for the 20-over format as early as January 2023. If everything goes as per this information then India will play under a new captain and coach against Sri Lanka in the limited-over series in January.

“We are seriously mulling on it. More than it being Rahul Dravid or anyone’s ability, it is a question of managing tight schedules & having specialize skills on board. T20 now is like a separate sport, tough calendar & regular events. We also need to imbibe change. Yes, I can confirm – India soon will have new T20 Coaching SET-UP”, confirmed top official in BCCI.

Team India likely to get a new head coach for T20I setup: Reports
Team India head coach Rahul Dravid – Right and all-rounder Hardik Pandya -left: PTI

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Earlier, it was reported that experienced Hardik Pandya is being looked at as a potential candidate for the T20I captaincy position. The all-rounder recently spearheaded the Indian side in the New Zealand tour.

Notably, the new T20I coach and captain will work in tandem with Rahul Dravid to make a smooth transition and also to make a seamless continuity in the Indian side across formats. 

When asked about the timeline for the event, the source didn’t claim any dates but said that the developments are likely to occur in January.

“We are not sure by when, but we are certain about India needs a fresh approach to T20 SET-UP. We will have the announcement of the new captain before January. And the new coach can follow, but as I said nothing is final”, said the official without revealing any further details.

Notably, England’s national cricket team currently operates under two different coaches for red-ball and white-ball matches. While Australian Matthew Mott takes charge of the ODI and T20I squads, Kiwi Brendon McCullum was recently appointed head coach of England’s test squad.

Moreover, England has won the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 title proving that two different sets of coaches are the way forward in this era of tight scheduling.

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