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Rahul Dravid to be Head Coach of India after T20 world cup

Rahul Dravid to be Head Coach of India after the T20 world cup

Rahul Dravid is the frontrunner to be the next chief coach of the Indian men's team. It is in line to take over once Ravi Shastri finishes up at the end of the upcoming T20 World Cup He will head the backroom staff for the home series against New Zealand if things fall in place starting late November.

Dravid has always been the BCCI's favored contender to take over the coaching job from Ravi Shastri, who is not eligible to reapply for the position when his term expires, owing to age restriction rules currently enforced. The question was always about Dravid's tendency and, according to BCCI sources, he has been convinced to take the job as a coach. There will still be a formal procedure of inviting applications, but the BCCI will unlikely look beyond him if Dravid chooses to apply.

It understands that BCCI officials have been involved in discussions with Dravid for a few months now.

There has been talking about him succeeding Shastri ever since he stepped into the job in an interim capacity.

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When India was forcing to send a second-string team to Sri Lanka for a limited-overs series last July, many first-choice players were in the Test series for England.

Dravid has been director of BCCI's national cricket academy in his hometown of Bengaluru since 2019 and was the coach of both the A teams and India Under-19.

Along with the position of head coach for which the BCCI has not yet formally advertised that the BCCI will also be looking for applications for the posts of fielding, bowling, and batting coaches as the period of R Sridhar, Bharat Arun, and Vikram Rathour, too, end after T20World Cup. ESPNcricinfo understand that Paras Mhambrey, Dravid's long-term associate at the NCA and the Under-19 and India A set-ups, is a favorite to take over as bowling coach of team India.

In August 2019, Shastri was re-elected for a second two-year period as head coach by the cricket committee headed by former India captain Kapil Dev. Also part of the three-person CAC was former India batter Anshuman Gaekwad and former India woman's captain Shantha Rangaswamy.

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