Former Indian cricket team captain Rahul Dravid has reapplied for the head coach position of the National Cricket Academy (NCA). The development should end any speculation about the replacement of Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the men’s senior national team after the T20 World Cup later this year in November.
The BCCI had to invite applications since Rahul Dravid’s two-year contract had ended. There is no provision for extending and the hiring process had to start fresh as per the new constitution.
“Yes, Rahul has reapplied for the post of Head of Cricket. You don’t need to be a genius to guess that he is going to continue after the tremendous work he has put in to change the face of NCA, which is now truly a centre of excellence,” a senior BCCI source shared the development to PTI.
It has been learnt that the BCCI have decided to extend the deadline for application submission by a few more days to ensure that the candidates have more than enough time to apply.
“BCCI brass has decided to extend the deadline from August 15 by a few more days. When Rahul is in fray, everyone knows that there is little meaning in applying for the post. It’s more of a formality but yeah to be fair, a few more days are there if anyone feels that he would like to throw his hat in the ring,” the source added as per PTI.
Dravid expressed his apprehensions about taking a full-time role with the Indian cricket team after the tour of Sri Lanka in a very roundabout manner. His reapplication had confirmed that he still wants to continue to help the Indian cricket team on the sidelines.