The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) wanted Ashish Nehra as head coach for the T20I format following the T20 World Cup 2024 coming up next year but the Indian refused the offer, as per a report from Indian Express. Meanwhile, Rahul Dravid has signed an extension contract after his contract expired at the end of 2023 ODI World Cup. The T20 World Cup will be played in the USA and West Indies from June next year.
Nehra had impressed as head coach in the last two years of the Indian Premier League with Gujarat Titans. In their debut season his team won the IPL and the following year they were finalists alongside Chennai Super Kings who eventually won the 2023 season under the leadership of MS Dhoni. (WATCH: MS Dhoni’s James Bond Moment; Behind The Wheel Of Mercedes G Class)
Gambhir Applauds Dravid’s Contract Extension
Former India opener player Gautam Gambhir applauded the contract extension of Rahul Dravid as Team India’s head coach and believes it is promising news for the national side as the “T20 World Cup is around the corner.”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced the extension of contracts for Dravid and the support staff of Team India (Senior Men). Dravid’s second stint with Team India will be the tour of South Africa from December 10, which will have three ODIs and T20Is each and two Tests. The red-ball leg will start from December 26. Following that will be a five-match Test series against England at home, before the ICC T20 World Cup in June in West Indies/USA.
Gambhir expects Team India to continue its domination and play good cricket. The former opener emphasises that the T20 format is different it will be challenging and hope that Rahul and the supporting staff can deliver.
Batting coach Vikram Rathour, fielding coach T Dilip and bowling coach Paras Mhambrey will continue their stint with Team India as BCCI also extended contracts of the support staff of Team India. ((Rahul Dravid’s Stint As Team India’s Head Coach Extended, Confirms BCCI))
“It’s a good thing because the T20 World Cup is around the corner and you don’t want to change the entire support staff, and it is good that Rahul has accepted it. Hopefully, we can continue to dominate and play good cricket, what India has done for a long period of time. The T20 format is different and challenging and hopefully, Rahul and the support staff can deliver. Congratulations to them,” Gambhir told ANI.
Dravid replaced Ravi Shastri following a disappointing ICC T20 World Cup campaign in 2021, which saw India exit in the Super 12 stage. He was appointed for a two-year term, which ended with India’s runners-up finish in the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup at home.
On the contract extension, Dravid said, “The last two years with Team India have been thoroughly memorable. Together, we have witnessed the highs and lows, and throughout this journey, the support and camaraderie within the group have been phenomenal. I am genuinely proud of the culture we have set in the dressing room. It’s a culture that stands resilient, whether in moments of triumph or adversity. The skills and talent that our team possesses are phenomenal, and what we’ve stressed is following the right process and sticking to our preparations, which has had a direct impact on the overall result.”
“I thank the BCCI and the Office Bearers for placing their trust in me, endorsing my vision, and providing support during this period. The demands of this role necessitate considerable time away from home, and I deeply appreciate my family’s sacrifices and support. Their instrumental role behind the scenes has been invaluable. As we embrace new challenges post the World Cup, we remain committed to the pursuit of excellence,” he added. (With ANI inputs)