Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly on Sunday (November 14) confirmed that VVS Laxman is the front runner to become the director of the National Cricket Academy (NCA). The former cricketer will replace Rahul Dravid, who is now the head coach of team India. Laxman’s name was doing rounds ever since Dravid was shortlisted for the coaching role.
According to reports in Indian Express, Ganguly has confirmed Laxman’s appointment as NCA head from their side but the final call will be taken by Laxman himself. The BCCI president has always vouched about the need to have former India players in the system. Ganguly played a huge role in getting Dravid on board as the head coach of team India. Laxman’s case is not different as the BCCI president along with secretary Jay Shah were keen to have an India player, who has significantly contributed to Indian cricket, for NCA head.
“Sourav and Jay both would love to have Laxman take up the NCA role. But yes, the final call obviously lies with the former India cricketer as he has a young family also. He is undoubtedly a front runner for the role and not to forget how he has been known to share a special bond with now coach Dravid. It will be the perfect combination to have those two work together towards taking Indian cricket forward. Nothing like having former cricketers coming on board to help produce the next generation of stars,” the BCCI source had said.
Laxman, who is the mentor of the Sunrises Hyderabad (SRH) team in the Indian Premier League (IPL), will have to quit the role and take charge of NCA. Like Dravid, Laxman will bring a huge amount of experience and try to build on the base created by Dravid.