Dravid to continue as India A and U-19 coach

Dravid to continue as India A and U-19 coach
Rahul Dravid will continue as the coach for India A and U-19 teams for the next two years, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Friday. 

Dravid’s tenure, which began in 2015, had ended on March 31 this year. The BCCI while handing over the new contract with some modifications applauded his contribution in the first two years. “Under his leadership the youngsters have achieved outstanding results, at home and away,” it said in a statement.

The Board, responding to the suggestion of the Committee of Administrators (COA), extended the contract that will last 12 months a year as opposed to 10-month period he previously had.

The two-month window allowed Dravid to take up assignment with the IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils in the role of a mentor that came in for criticism for falling under conflict of interest category as defined under the Lodha Committee recommendations.

However, Dravid will not be part of Daredevils from next edition, a development the franchise too confirmed.

 "It was an honour and privilege to have Rahul Dravid as mentor of the Delhi Daredevils over the last two years,” said a statement from the team. “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 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. We wish him all the best." 

The most scathing attack with regard to Dravid’s involvement with the Daredevils had come from historian Ramachandra Guha, who in his lengthy resignation letter as a member of the Committee of Administrators (CoE), had criticised the panel for its inaction on the matter of conflict of interest.
Guha had also accused BCCI of according “preferential treatment to some national coaches, by giving them ten month contracts for national duty, thus allowing them to work as IPL coaches/ mentors for the remaining two months."

A peeved Dravid had then written to the COA seeking clarity on the issue. The former India captain had insisted he had gone by the BCCI’s rules of conflict of interest and demanded a greater clarity if the rules had undergone any changes during his tenure.

BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, in a 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.”

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