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BCCI says no to split coaching for India Cricket Team as search for Rahul Dravid’s replacement begins

BCCI says no to split coaching for India Cricket Team as search for Rahul Dravid’s replacement begins

Dravid was appointed as India's head coach in November 2021, and by his lofty standards, his tenure hasn't produced great results. Under his tenure, India has not won an ICC Trophy or away Test series against the SENA countries. 

The BCCI has begun the hunt for the India cricket team’s new head coach. The board has invited applications to replace Rahul Dravid as commander-in-chief once his tenure comes to an end after the T20 World Cup 2024. The deadline to submit these applications has been set at 6 PM IST on May 27, 2024. 

If Rahul Dravid wishes to continue as India cricket team‘s head coach, he’ll have to reapply for the position by the deadline. The rest of the supporting staff and specialist coaches will be appointed with the consultation of the new or old coach upon the start of their tenure. 

The BCCI has also made it clear that they are not in favour of a split coaching setup. Many modern teams like England, Pakistan, and New Zealand have decided to go with different red and white coaches, but India will continue to go with an all-format coach for the next three and a half years (July 1, 2024, to December 31, 2027).

Requirement to apply for India cricket team’s head coach

In their job description, the BCCI has detailed the requirements for an individual to be eligible for the role of the men’s team’s head coach. As per BCCI, an individual: 

  • Should have played a minimum of 30 Test matches or 50 ODI’s; or 
  •  Head Coach of a full-member Test Playing Nation for a minimum period of 2 years; or 
  •  Head Coach of an Associate member/IPL Team or Equivalent International League/First Class Teams/National A teams, for a minimum period of 3 years; or
  •  Should have BCCI Level 3 certification or equivalent; and 
  •  Should be below 60 years of age. 

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What’s on the horizon for India’s new coach?

Whoever becomes the India cricket team’s new head coach will hope to find success in the upcoming 5 ICC tournaments during his or her tenure. The Champions Trophy 2025, World Test Championship 2023-2025, T20 World Cup 2026, ODI World Cup 2027, and World Test Championship 2025-2027 will be all up for grabs, and it’ll be fascinating to see how they fare compared to their predecessor.

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