BCCI extends contract of head coach Dravid, support staff

The tenure of extension was not specified in the statement released by the board

dravid-coach-afp (File) Rahul Dravid | AFP

The Board of Control for Cricket in India extended the contracts of head coach Rahul Dravid and the support staff, ahead of the tour to South Africa which begins on December 10.

His tenure, along with that of batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey and fielding coach T. Dilip, ended with the recently-concluded ODI World Cup.

Dravid had replaced Ravi Shastri after the T20 World Cup in 2021, getting appointed for a two-year term. Under him, India finished runners-up in both the World Test Championship (WTC) and the ODI World Cup.

However, it is yet to be confirmed if the tenure extension is for a year keeping the next T20 World Cup in mind or till 2025, which covers the entire ongoing WTC cycle and the Champions Trophy - scheduled to be hosted by Pakistan for now.

India will tour South Africa between December 10, 2023, and January 7, 2024, for three T20Is and ODIs, and two Test matches.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah has had discussions with Dravid last week.

"Mr. Rahul Dravid’s vision, professionalism, and unyielding efforts have been important pillars in Team India’s success,” BCCI president Roger Binny said.

“I am delighted that he accepted the offer to remain the Head Coach, and it speaks of the mutual respect and shared vision between him and the BCCI. I have no doubt that under him, the team will continue its march to the pinnacle of success and set new benchmarks along the way."

Dravid thanked the board for placing its trust in him, and said he was proud of the culture in the dressing room.

"As we embrace new challenges post the World Cup, we remain committed to the pursuit of excellence," Dravid said.

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