Rahul Dravid to continue as head coach of T20 World Cup after 2024?

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday extended the contracts of head coach Rahul Dravid and his support staff to maintain the momentum of the Indian team that finished runners-up in the ODI World Cup 2023. The Indian team, led by Rohit Sharma, lost to Australia in the World Cup final in Ahmedabad on November 19. However, the Indian team performed brilliantly in the league stage in the tournament and the team reached the final by registering ten consecutive wins.

Rahul Dravid's tenure has been extended, but the BCCI has not given any information about how long Rahul Dravid will remain the head coach, whether Rahul Dravid will complete his second term or leave the team after the ICC T20 World Cup next year. "The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the extension of the contract of Rahul Dravid and the support staff of the Team India (Senior Men) under the Leadership of the Indian Cricket Board (MSC).

"The Board held discussions with Dravid on the completion of his term after the World Cup and unanimously decided to extend his term," it said.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah said Dravid will have the board's full support in his bid to win the ICC trophy. The Indian team has not won any ICC title for the last decade. "India's World Cup campaign, which won 10 consecutive matches before the final, has been exceptional. The head coach (Dravid) who has prepared the right platform for this deserves appreciation.

"The head coach will have the full support of the BCCI and we will provide whatever support he needs to achieve success at the international level," it added. We have seen many ups and downs and the mutual cooperation and synergy within the team has been tremendous throughout this journey.

Dravid replaced Ravi Shastri after the T20 World Cup 2021. His two-year tenure ended after the World Cup. Under Dravid's coaching, India finished runners-up in the last World Test Championship. Along with Dravid, his support staff includes batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey and fielding coach T Dileep.

According to the report of news agency PTI, Rahul Dravid will remain in the post at least till the T20 World Cup to be held in the US and West Indies in June-July next year. NCA chief VVS Laxman, who took over as interim coach after Dravid took a break, is likely to have informed the board that he is happy to work on cricket issues related to the India A team, the India U-19 team and the new structure of the NCA in Bengaluru.

"The Board also appreciates the work done by VVS Laxman as nca chief and acting head coach. Like their memorable on-field partnerships, Dravid and Laxman are working together to take Indian cricket forward."

BCCI President Roger Binny said, "The performance of the Indian team is a testament to their excellent guidance. I am happy that he has accepted to continue as the head coach. It shows the mutual respect between BCCI and him."

Dravid said, "For this post, you have to stay away from home for a long time. I appreciate the sacrifice and support of my family. The role of those working behind the scenes is important. We are determined to perform well in the face of new challenges after the World Cup.

It is also important to mention that Gujarat Titans coach Ashish Nehra never wanted to be the head coach of the national team. He has always maintained that he will complete his contract with Gujarat Titans till 2025.

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