Official Announcement: BCCI Renews Rahul Dravid’s Contract as Head Coach

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While the length of Rahul Dravid’s contract extension is not yet been revealed, it is reported to at least until the 2024 T20 World Cup in June.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the extension of contracts for Team India head coach Rahul Dravid and the support staff. Notably, Rahul Dravid’s 2-year tenure as head coach of the Indian men’s team ended following the recently concluded World Cup 2023.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announces the extension of contracts for Head Coach Mr. Rahul Dravid and the Support Staff of Team India (Senior Men)”, BCCI announced in a statement.

However, the length of Rahul Dravid’s new contract is not yet been revealed.

Earlier, reports emerged that BCCI offered Dravid an extension after Gujarat Titans coach Ashish Nehra turned down the offer to take over the role in the T20 format.

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Few reports also claimed that Dravid was offered a lucrative contract by IPL franchise Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) for the mentorship role in IPL 2024.

However, the 50-year-old has now decided to continue his tenure with the Indian team.

“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, Dravid said in a statement.

The former India captain also talked about team’s positive culture and said that he is ‘proud’ of it.

“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”, Dravid further added in statement.

The BCCI has also extended the contract of India’s support staff: Vikram Rathour (batting coach), Paras Mhambrey (bowling coach), and T Dilip (fielding coach).

Rahul Dravid’s first assignment of his second term as head coach will be India’s tour to South Africa. Team India will play 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests against South Africa, starting on December 10.

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