India’s former cricketer and all-format head coach Rahul Dravid recently got his contract renewed by the Indian Cricket Board and will continue to serve the Indian cricket team as the head coach for two more years. Dravid’s contract ended after the ODI World Cup 2023 and his next assignment will be India’s tour of South Africa.
There were multiple speculations that Dravid is not keen on getting his contract renewed and a strong candidate for the same is VVS Laxman, however, the Indian cricket board and Rahul Dravid cleared the rumours while announcing the news in an official statement.
The Indian cricket recently released an official statement while welcoming Rahul Dravid back to the team management. The statement read, “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announces the extension of contracts for Head Coach Mr. Rahul Dravid and the Support Staff of Team India (Senior Men). The BCCI engaged in productive discussions with Mr Rahul Dravid after the term of his contract ended following the recently concluded ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 and unanimously agreed to further the tenure.”
“The Board acknowledges Mr Dravid’s instrumental role in moulding the Indian Team and commends his exceptional professionalism. The Board also appreciates Mr. VVS Laxman for his exemplary roles as Head of NCA and as the stand-in Head Coach. Similar to their legendary on-field partnerships, Mr Dravid and Mr Laxman have worked closely in driving Indian Cricket forward”, the statement further added.
Rahul Dravid on continuing as Head Coach for the Indian Team
In an official statement, while accepting the position of head coach, Rahul Dravid said, “The last two years with Team India have been thoroughly memorable. Together, we have witnessed the highs and lows, and throughout this journey, the support and camaraderie within the group have been phenomenal. I am genuinely proud of the culture we have set in the dressing room. It’s a culture that stands resilient, whether in moments of triumph or adversity. The skills and talent that our team possesses are phenomenal, and what we’ve stressed is following the right process and sticking to our preparations, which has had a direct impact on the overall result.”
Dravid further added, “I thank the India Cricket Board and the Office Bearers for placing their trust in me, endorsing my vision, and providing support during this period. The demands of this role necessitate considerable time away from home, and I deeply appreciate my family’s sacrifices and support. Their instrumental role behind the scenes has been invaluable. As we embrace new challenges post the World Cup, we remain committed to the pursuit of excellence.”