BCCI extends Rahul Dravid's contract as head coach.
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday (November 29) extended Rahul Dravid's contract as head coach of the Indian men's cricket team. In an update via its official X handle, the board confirms Dravid's extension along with members of his support staff.
"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). The BCCI engaged in productive discussions with Mr. Rahul Dravid after the term of his contract ended following the recently concluded ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 and unanimously agreed to further the tenure. The Board acknowledges Mr. Dravid's instrumental role in moulding the Indian Team and commends his exceptional professionalism. The Board also appreciates Mr. VVS Laxman for his exemplary roles as Head of NCA and as the stand-in Head Coach. Similar to their legendary on-field partnerships, Mr. Dravid and Mr. Laxman have worked closely in driving Indian Cricket forward," BCCI said in a press release.
After signing a new deal with BCCI, Dravid who also captained India during his playing days, said: "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."
“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 was appointed as India's head coach for the first time in November 2021 after Ravi Shastri's contract came to an end post India's shocking exit from T20 World Cup 2021. In his first stint, India reached the finals of ODI World Cup 2023 and World Test Championship 2023 but failed to win the title on both occasions.