India National Cricket Team head coach Rahul Dravid has made a bombshell revelation on his coaching contract duration after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently extended his contract.
The contracts of the Indian coaching staff had ended after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. India National Cricket Team performed exceptionally well in the competition and won 10 matches on the trot heading into the summit clash. However, the Rohit Sharma & Co. failed to do well in the final and faced a heartbreaking loss at the hands of Australia.
On Friday, November 29, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the extension of contracts for head coach Rahul Dravid, batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey and fielding coach T Dilip.
In an official statement issued by the BCCI, Rahul Dravid thanked the board for giving him the opportunity to continue as head coach and stated that he remains committed in the pursuit of excellence.
“The last two years with Team India have been thoroughly memorable. Together, we have witnessed the highs and lows, and throughout this journey, the support and camaraderie within the group have been phenomenal. I am genuinely proud of the culture we have set in the dressing room. It’s a culture that stands resilient, whether in moments of triumph or adversity. The skills and talent that our team possesses are phenomenal, and what we’ve stressed is following the right process and sticking to our preparations, which has had a direct impact on the overall result,” Rahul Dravid said.
“I thank the BCCI and the Office Bearers for placing their trust in me, endorsing my vision, and providing support during this period. The demands of this role necessitate considerable time away from home, and I deeply appreciate my family’s sacrifices and support. Their instrumental role behind the scenes has been invaluable. As we embrace new challenges post the World Cup, we remain committed to the pursuit of excellence.”
I haven’t yet signed a contract with the BCCI but… – Rahul Dravid
Speaking to reporters after the World Cup and contract review meeting on Thursday, Rahul Dravid was asked about his coaching contract duration, replying to which he said that he hasn’t signed it.
“I haven’t yet signed a contract with the BCCI but had discussions on tenure. Once I get the papers, I will sign,” said Rahul Dravid after World Cup and contract review meeting.
I haven’t yet signed a contract with the BCCI but had discussions on tenure. Once I get the papers, I will sign: Head coach Rahul Dravid after World Cup and contract review meeting pic.twitter.com/L35WTH55Gj
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) November 30, 2023
Rahul Dravid-led coaching staff has been rested for the ongoing five-match T20I series against Australia. However, they will return when India travel to South Africa for an all-format series.
The India tour of South Africa 2023-24 consists of a three-match T20I series, a three-match ODI series and a two-match Test series. The Men In Blue last toured South Africa in the 2021-22 season and didn’t have a good outing. They will be looking forward to perform better this time around.
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