Rahul Dravid is set to continue as India A and Under-19 coach over the next 24 months, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Friday. No fresh applications were called for the position and the BCCI made a decision to prolong Dravid’s contract after a highly effective run.
Ramachandra Guha, who resigned from his position in the Committee of Administrators (CoA) earlier in June, indirectly slammed Rahul Dravid stating it was “contrary to the spirit of the Lodha Committee” for mentors or support staff members of India’s senior and junior squads, or staff at the NCA, to receive IPL contracts. Dravid immediately wrote a letter to the CoA, seeking clarity on the issue.
“By the BCCI’s conflict of interest rules, I was absolutely not under a conflict of interest,” Dravid had told ESPNcricinfo. “If the rules have changed midway through the contract, then I think it is unfair to criticize me for breaking the rules or twisting the rules to suit my convenience.”
BCCI interim secretary Amitabh Choudhary 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.”
What will Delhi Daredevils do now?
His relationship with the Delhi Daredevils, needless to say, has come to an end following the extension of his agreement with the BCCI . Half of the franchise’s fan following was due to Dravid’s presence, the management need to up their bidding game in the next auction in order to get some big players in the squad who will attract the masses.
Salary hike for Rahul Dravid
BCCI have agreed to pay a sum of Rs five crore for the coaching services of one of the greatest cricketers world cricket has ever seen. This is almost double the amount of his previous contract which was worth Rs 2.62 crores.
No more Dravid on air !
Accepting BCCI’s offer would mean the former captain will not be part of media houses or get into any commentary stint either. So the sad news for fans is that we won’t get as much of him on air as we used to.
How Twitter reacted:
Rahul Dravid has done what he always does. He’s taken the right call. Indian cricket will be richer for him looking after U19 and ‘A’ teams
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 1, 2017
Rahul Dravid had a choice, and he has chosen the rigours the junior cricket over 7 weeks of IPL. https://t.co/lCdiTcWQJc
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) June 30, 2017
Rahul Dravid had option to choose between lucrative seven weeks mentor role in IPL and coaching the juniors..
He opted for the later one!
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) June 30, 2017
— Girish Johar (@girishjohar) June 30, 2017