Former India captain Rahul Dravid has been appointed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as the new head of cricket of the National Cricket Academy (NCA). He will look after all the cricket-related activities at the NCA, including “mentoring, coaching, training and motivating players, coaches and support staff at the NCA,” according to a media release by BCCI on Monday, July 8.
“Mr Dravid will oversee all cricket related activities at NCA and will be involved in mentoring, coaching, training and motivating players, coaches and support staff at the NCA,” read the BCCI media release.
Rahul Dravid was supposed to take the charge as the head of NCA from July 1 but he is already associated with the India Cements which is causing the delay. However, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) have asked Dravid to give up his post as vice-president of India Cements or take the leave until his tenure gets complete. Although India Cements sent the former cricketer on leave to keep away from the conflict of interest.
However, it is also not clear whether he can continue to be the coach of the India A and Under-19 teams. He was earlier appointed as the coach before this new post at the NCA.
“Dravid will also work closely with the National men’s and women’s Head coaches and coaches for India Developmental teams including India A, India Under 19, India Under 23 teams, in the identification of key training and development objectives,” the release further added.
“He will also be responsible for monitoring progress against these objectives for the developmental teams and provide necessary inputs on the same to the Senior Men’s and Women’s Head Coaches,” added the media release.
The veteran had played more than 500 International matches for India where he amassed over 24,000 runs. Under his guidance, the India Under-19 team won the World Cup as well.