EXPLAINED: Why Ravi Shastri Cannot Return As Next India Head Coach Replacing Rahul Dravid

Ravi Shastri fulfills most of the criteria required to become the head coach of the Indian team. He has played more than 30 Tests and 50 ODIs, and has also coached a national team (India) for at least three years. However, his age is a major criterion that he does not fulfill.
EXPLAINED: Why Ravi Shastri Cannot Return As Next India Head Coach Replacing Rahul Dravid

EXPLAINED: Why Ravi Shastri Cannot Return As Next India Head Coach Replacing Rahul Dravid

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Rahul Dravid's tenure as Team India head coach is set to expire after the T20 World Cup 2024.
  • Ravi Shastri was the head coach before Dravid took over.
  • However, he cannot return as Dravid's successor.

Indian cricket will undergo a sea change as the T20 World Cup 2024 ends in June. Rahul Dravid's tenure as the head coach of Team India will come to an end, after the six-month extension he received post the 2023 ODI World Cup. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have put out an advertisement inviting applications for the post for the next three-year tenure. Dravid had succeeded Ravi Shatri as the Team India head coach. Shastri had a pretty good tenure in the role, when Virat Kohli was the captain, and even led India to the famous series win at Australia, courtesy a thrilling win at Gabba. However, Shastri cannot return and replace Rahul Dravid.
Ravi Shastri fulfills most of the criteria required to become the head coach of the Indian team. He has played more than 30 Tests and 50 ODIs, and has also coached a national team (India) for at least three years. However, his age is a major criteria that he does not fulfill.
According to the conditions of the BCCI application, a person can only apply for position of Head Coach of Team India if he is less than 60 years old. Ravi Shastri was born on 27th May, 1962, and is currently 61 years old. Hence, Shastri cannot apply for the position of the India head coach to replace Rahul Dravid.

Who Will Become Next India Head Coach?

According to a report by Sportstar, Rahul Dravid was asked to become the head coach of the India test team, as Rohit Sharma wanted him to continue. Then, the BCCI would have looked for a different person for the white ball team. However, Dravid declined the offer.
Many expected the current head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) VVS Laxman to become the next India head coach after Dravid. However, the report states that the BCCI are not willing to tamper with the structure of the NCA right now.
According to a report by The Indian Express, Stephen Fleming has been touted as a top candidate to become the next head coach. Apart from him, Ricky Ponting has also been considered to replace Dravid, according to a report by Revsports. However, the response has not been positive from both, as the rigours of a full time job outside their country may prove a deterrent.
In fact, in a recent interview, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan has refuted reports of Fleming becoming the next India head coach.
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