The BCCI has extended the contracts of Rahul Dravid, the head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team, and the support staff. Dravid’s initial two-year contract ended after the Cricket World Cup 2023, where India reached the final but lost to Australia. Despite offers from IPL franchises, Dravid chose to continue as the national team’s head coach. The BCCI praised Dravid’s role in shaping the team and also acknowledged VVS Laxman for his contributions. The team’s first assignment after the extension will be the South Africa tour.
In a statement, the BCCI said, “Rahul Dravid’s contract as Head Coach and the Support Staff’s contracts have been extended. The BCCI had positive discussions with Dravid after the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, and they unanimously decided to extend his tenure. The Board appreciates Dravid’s crucial role in shaping the Indian Team and acknowledges his professionalism. VVS Laxman’s contributions as Head of NCA and stand-in Head Coach were also recognized.”
Roger Binny, BCCI President, expressed no reservations about Dravid’s renewal, praising his vision and efforts. Binny said, “Dravid’s professionalism has been crucial to Team India’s success, and his strategic guidance reflects in the team’s performances. I am delighted he accepted the offer to continue as Head Coach.”
Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI, commended Dravid’s commitment to excellence. He said, “Dravid’s vision and guidance have made Team India a formidable unit. The World Cup campaign, with 10 consecutive wins before the final, was extraordinary. The BCCI fully supports the Head Coach for sustained success at the international level.”
Dravid, reflecting on his renewal, said, “The last two years with Team India have been memorable. The support within the group has been phenomenal, and I’m proud of the resilient culture in the dressing room. I thank the BCCI for trusting my vision and appreciate my family’s sacrifices. As we face new challenges post the World Cup, we remain committed to excellence.”