Rahul Dravid officially applies for team India head coach post; VVS Laxman likely to take over at NCA


New Delhi: Former India captain Rahul Dravid has formally applied for Team India’s head coach position, which will be vacant after the ICC T20 World Cup as Ravi Shastri‘s tenure comes to an end.  It can be announced soon.

Rahul Dravid is currently the head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) based in Bengaluru. It is believed that after becoming his head coach, former Indian cricket team batsman VVS Laxman can be given the charge of NCA. Rahul Dravid has officially applied for the post of head coach on Tuesday. The last date to apply for the post of head coach was 26 October 2021.

If reports are something to go by Dravid has applied for the role on the last deadline day, and that his application was just a ‘formality as he is the first and only choice of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah. And he was confirmed to be India’s next head coach.

“Yes, Rahul has formally applied today as it’s the last day of the deadline. His team at the NCA, bowling coach Paras (Mhambrey), and fielding coach Abhay (Sharma) have already applied. His application was just a formality,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Tuesday.

A source close to NCA (National cricket academy) also revealed that as the current head of NCA Dravid has applied for India head coach designation, former India batsman VVS Laxman, who is currently the mentor of IPL side Sunrisers Hyderbad is in the race to take over from Dravid as the NCA chief.

“Yes, former Indian cricket team captain Rahul Dravid has applied for the post of head coach of Team India. VVS Laxman is in the race to take over as the NCA chief. Talks are on and we will have to see how it pans out.” The source added.

At the same time, former India wicketkeeper Ajay Ratra has applied for the post of fielding coach of Team India. The 39-year-old has played 99 first-class matches apart from 6 Tests and 12 ODIs.