Former India skipper Rahul Dravid will continue as the coach of India A and U-19 teams for the next two years, the BCCI confirmed on Friday through a tweet.
Dravid’s contract with the two teams expired earlier this year and since he has been one of the best mentors for youngsters in India, it was likely that he would get another term. Dravid’s first assignment with the junior teams would be the tour to South Africa, the squad for which was announced on Thursday. He was very successful in his first stint as the coach of the junior men’s team, during which they reached the final of the ICC U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2016.
“Over the last two years, Rahul Dravid has been instrumental in getting young talent into the mix who have proved their worth on the big stage. We are glad to continue his services for the next two years and are sure that this is a bright sign for Indian cricket which will see many more young talents coming up in the future.” BCCI acting president CK Khanna was quoted as saying by Times of India.
With the extension of this duty, Dravid had to give up his job at the Delhi Daredevils where he was the mentor. This is because as per BCCI’s new rule, a national coach cannot be with any IPL side for two months.
Daredevils CEO Hemant Dua thanked Dravid for his stint with the franchise and said it was an honour and privilege to have Dravid as the mentor of the Daredevils in the last two years. He also said that they enjoyed their association with Dravid and thanked him for nurturing some great young talent in the team.
What will be Daredevil’s loss will be Indian cricket’s gain in future.