Former Indian Test cricketer Rahul Dravid on Friday confirmed that he will continue as India A and India under-19 coach for the next two years. Dravid's new contract will run for 12 months each year as opposed to the 10-month contract he had previously.
The need to choose between India and the IPL arose after the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrator (COA) decided to have a 12-month contract for all India coaches and support staff to avoid any conflict of interest. Earlier, the Indian board handed over 10-month contracts to its coaches and they were allowed to be part of the IPL. Despite having a two-year contract, Dravid had already expressed his eagerness to continue as coach but had sought more time from the Indian board. Accepting BCCI’s offer means Dravid can’t be part of media houses or do any commentary stint either.
BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, in his statement, said, “Rahul Dravid is known for the discipline and commitment he brings to the table. He has been successful in grooming the youngsters in the last two years. I wish him all the very best for his assignments with the two teams for the next two years.”