Former India batter VVS Laxman will join the National Cricket Academy (NCA) as the head of cricket on December 13. Earlier, Laxman was tipped to take over from the post which Rahul Dravid vacated. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had also confirmed that Laxman had agreed to be the new NCA head. Now, his appointment was finalized during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the BCCI on Saturday (December 4).
Alongside Laxman, Troy Cooley has been finalized as the pace bowling coach of NCA. Cooley comes with a tremendous amount of experience as he was the bowling coach of England and Australia. He was also instrumental in England winning the Ashes in 2005. Ganguly along with BCCI secretary Jay Shah were of the opinion that the role of NCA head should be given to someone who has a considerable amount of experience and comes with a sound knowledge of the game.
Ganguly felt Laxman would be an ideal candidate to succeed Dravid. “Laxman’s contract has been signed already. His last media assignment is the second Test between New Zealand and India. He will be joining Bengaluru from December 13. He is also for a certain period be in the West Indies for the U-19 ICC World Cup,” a senior BCCI office-bearer, privy to the development, was quoted as saying by India TV.
The BCCI official also said that either Hrishikesh Kanitkar or Sitanshu Kotak, who are currently NCA coaches will likely be the head coach for the upcoming Under-19 World Cup.
“We have also finalized all the NCA coaching appointments and it has been minuted,” he added further.” The Under-19 World Cup will be played in West Indies from January 14 to February 5, 2022. India finished as the runners-up in the last edition of the showpiece event in 2020.