Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has said he is not aware of Rahul Dravid succeeding head coach Ravi Shastri post the 20-20 World Cup. Notably, Shastri hinted that he will step down from the post following the showpiece event after which reports of Rahul Dravid becoming the next India coach started doing rounds.
However, the BCCI president rubbished the reports of Dravid being confirmed as head coach, saying the coach will be finalised after following a process. “There’s no confirmation, I only read it in the newspapers. There is due process. It has been advertised. If he wants to apply, then he will,” Ganguly said on the ‘Salaam Cricket’ show, Aaj Tak.
Recently, Ganguly and Dravid had a meeting in Dubai and many speculated that Ganguly was trying to convince Dravid to take up the post of Indian head coach. However, Ganguly cleared that he met Dravid to discuss the future of NCA. “Right now, he is the director of NCA. He came to meet us in Dubai to talk about NCA. How to take it forward. We all believe NCA has a big role in developing the future of Indian cricket. NCA creates the next generation of Indian cricketers. So, he wanted to discuss that,” Ganguly added.
The southpaw also revealed he had a discussion with Dravid regarding taking up the role of head coach role in the past but the former skipper was not interested, adding that his stand is pretty much the same now.
“We had a chat with him earlier too on whether he wants to take up the coaching role of the senior side but he didn’t seem that interested. His stand is pretty much the same even now. He asked for some time. Let’s see what happens,” Ganguly said.