Ever since Ramachandra Guha quit, and voiced all his concerns in his resignation letter, fingers are being pointed at some of the veterans of Indian cricket. Rahul Dravid was one of those.
Dravid held two important positions – coach of the U-19 India as well as the ‘A’ side and mentor of an IPL franchise. Dravid had then sought clarity from Guha to be aware of the rules. According to Guha, someone who coaches India U-19, cannot mentor any IPL team.
After that, BCCI issued new guidelines, under which Dravid cannot hold two positions at the same time. Earlier, the BCCI had 10-month contracts for national coaches so that they can take part in the IPL in the remaining two months. But now Dravid will get a 12-month contract to avoid any such issues.
This is why Dravid is set to quit as the mentor of Delhi Daredevils and continue as the coach of the India U-19 and India ‘A’ squads. He has contributed immensely to the growth of a lot of young cricketers.
“We’re likely to finalize his fresh contract when we meet him today. He’s fine with accepting a 12-month contract for two years, which means that he’ll have to quit as mentor of the Delhi Daredevils. The only issue is compensation, and we expect him to come up with a figure which we can afford,” a source told TOI.
The source also said that they are hoping Dravid quotes a decent figure for himself, since the senior Indian team’s coach needs to be paid higher. But at the same time, they don’t want Dravid to suffer any monetary loss due to the cut down on his other part-time job.
Although losing a man of Dravid’s caliber will be difficult for the IPL, it will only reap benefits for the future of India’s young cricketers playing at the international level.