Rahul Dravid quits Delhi Daredevils, stays India ‘A’ coach
Rahul Dravid will continue as coach of the India A and Under-19 teams for the next two years, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Friday.
The announcement ended any doubts after the former India skipper had sought clarifications from the BCCI following questions of conflict of interest raised by outgoing member of the Committee of Administrators (CoA), Ramachandra Guha.
Following the announcement, Delhi Daredevils, the IPL franchise who had Dravid as the mentor released a statement. “It was an honour and privilege to have Rahul Dravid as mentor of the Delhi Daredevils over the last two years. We truly enjoyed our association and nurtured some great young talent together. We are sad that he will not continue with us as mentor as he chooses to serve India A and India Under-19 as a coach. Being a true servant of cricket, he believes he still has a lot to give back to the game and help nurture young India talent,” the statement said.
Dravid, who was earlier under a 10-month contract with the BCCI so that he could also focus on being Delhi Daredevils’ mentor in the Indian Premier League (IPL), was criticised by Ramachandra Guha - former Committee of Administrators (CoA) member - who alleged that the practice violated the conflict of interest norm.
Rahul Dravid was first appointed India’s junior coach in 2015, and under his leadership the youngsters have achieved outstanding results, at home and away.
In his first assignment as coach, India A won the Tri-series in Australia which also involved South Africa. He repeated that success with the Under-19 team, guiding them to the final of the 2016 World Cup in Bangladesh, where they lost to West Indies.
“Over the last two years, Rahul Dravid has been instrumental in getting young talent into the mix, who have proved their worth on the big stage,” BCCI acting president CK Khanna said in a statement.
“We are glad to continue his services for the next two years and are sure that this is a bright sign for Indian cricket which will see many more young talents coming up.”
BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary added: “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.”