Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid has been appointed as as head coach of the national men's team after the ongoing T20 World Cup in the UAE.
Dravid will succeed Ravi Shastri.
Dravid is set to take charge from the upcoming home series against New Zealand, starting November 17.
The decision was made by BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sulakshana Naik, the former India Women wicketkeeper, and RP Singh, the former India pacer.
Sourav Ganguly, President, BCCI said: The BCCI welcomes Rahul Dravid as the Head Coach of India’s senior men team. Rahul has had an illustrious playing career and is one of the greats of the game. He has also served Indian cricket as Head of National Cricket Academy (NCA) with distinction. Rahul’s effort at the NCA has nurtured several young cricketing talents who have gone on to represent the country at the international stage. I am hopeful that his new stint will take Indian cricket to new heights.
Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI said "There is no better person than Rahul Dravid and I am delighted to see him being appointed as the Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team. With two World Cups scheduled to take place in the next two years, it is important to have a seamless transition, and the former India captain is the right man for the job."
"Having provided the much-needed direction to NCA and overseen the progression of the boys at India U-19 and India A level, we believe this is also a natural progression for him as a coach. I have no doubt that under him, the Indian team will dominate in all formats. The Board will soon make appointments of other coaching staff, who will support the Head Coach in jointly achieving our targets." Shah added
"It is an absolute honour to be appointed as the new head coach of the Indian cricket team, I am really looking forward to this role," Dravid was quoted as saying by the BCCU. "Under Mr (Ravi) Shastri, the team has done very well, and I hope to work with the team to take this forward.
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