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Dravid agrees to apply in principle for India coaching role

With Rahul Dravid agreeing, in principle, to apply for the position of head coach to succeed Ravi Shastri, congratulations are already in order for him, and he's received many including from former coach Greg Chappell and some BCCI officials. However, the appointment and a formal confirmation from the BCCI may take weeks, maybe even a month.

Cricbuzz understands that things developed quickly last week, when Dravid agreed to hear the BCCI out on the India coach offer and proceeded to Dubai, where he was invited for the business-end of the IPL alongside people in key BCCI positions, like the CAC and Apex Council members.

Up until this point, Dravid was understood to be uninterested in taking up the India coach offer. But in the lead-up to the IPL final, he had a long chat with all the office-bearers of the BCCI, who had been trying to convince Dravid for over a week prior to that. During the talks, the BCCI officials are understood to have been in favour of an Indian coach; the idea of a foreign coach who comes with his own crew of support staff didn't find many backers.

So the deliberations veered around the way forward and the constitutional procedures were laid down, and Dravid was convinced to agree to apply for the position for which an advertisement is expected soon. In fact, Dravid has agreed to apply for the position with no conditions attached. Paras Mhambrey's name for India's bowling coach has been doing the rounds too. "It is only an assumption that Paras will get the job. As Dravid has been comfortable working with him, his name has been taken but he will have to apply for the role as well and will have to go through the same process," a source said.

Nothing has been decided on Dravid's tenure as India coach. The contract is likely to initially be for two years and will be up for renewal, given 2023 is a landmark year when India will host the 50-over World Cup. Furthermore, no promises have been made to Dravid about his return to the National Cricket Academy (NCA), where he has enjoyed working all these years, after the end of his India role.

On Saturday, asked about the possibility of Dravid succeeding Ravi Shastri as the head coach, the India captain Virat Kohli said, "No idea exactly what's happening on that front, no detailed discussion with anyone yet."

While Kohli has announced that he will step down as India's T20I captain after the upcoming World Cup, there's little clarity around the plans BCCI have for the ODI side. Dravid, though, is understood to be now comfortable with the leadership group and wants it to be "non negotiable" with regards to the interest and trust of the players.


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