The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah said that the board will sit and talk with Rahul Dravid about the duration of his tenure as the head coach of the Indian team once he returns from the tour of South Africa. The time between the World Cup and the South Africa trip was so short that, despite offering Rahul Dravid and his team an extension, the tenure could not be confirmed, which will happen after they return from the Rainbow Nation, according to Jay Shah.
“We have given the extension but we are yet to finalise the contract. We did not get time at all, they finished (with the World Cup). I had a meeting with them (Dravid & Co.) and we agreed mutually that they would continue. We will sit down and decide once they return from South Africa,” the BCCI secretary said.
Dravid is set to begin his second stint with Team India during the South Africa tour commencing on December 10, featuring three ODIs and T20Is each along with two Tests, with the red-ball segment kicking off on December 26.
After this, the team will play in a home series against England, consisting of five Test matches, leading up to the ICC T20 World Cup in June, to be held in the West Indies/USA. Additionally, a T20I series against Afghanistan is scheduled for January.
Before the South Africa Tour, Dravid was quizzed about his contract length. He replied: “It’s announced officially, I haven’t signed anything yet (on contract duration), let the papers come officially from the BCCI.”.
Dravid replaced Ravi Shastri after a disappointing ICC T20 World Cup campaign in 2021, where India crashed out in the Super 12 stage. Dravid was appointed for a two-year term, which ended with India’s runners-up finish in the ICC ODI World Cup at home. Head coach Rahul Dravid, batting coach Vikram Rathour, fielding coach T Dilip and bowling coach Paras Mhambrey will continue their stint with Team India as BCCI extended their contracts.