By: Sahil Malhotra
new Delhi. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is in active mode this year i.e. in 2023. The reason for this is the ICC ODI World Cup, which is to be played in India this year. The BCCI has already started planning for the 50-over tournament to be held later this year. The review meeting on January 1, 2023 did further planning. Now after this meeting, the focus is likely to shift towards the head coach of Team India. Current coach Rahul Dravid’s contract is till 2023 World Cup. Will he be given an extension or will he be replaced by someone else? This question has already started arising.
News 18 CricketNext has learned that the BCCI is looking at VVS Laxman, the head of cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), as Rahul Dravid’s replacement. The 48-year-old former cricketer has coached the Indian team in the absence of Rahul Dravid. Apart from this, he appeared with Team India on many occasions despite Rahul Dravid being there. Laxman was also with Team India during the Asia Cup 2022, when Dravid was found to be Kovid-19 positive. Apart from this, he has also traveled with Team India for several bilateral series.
In his current assignment, Laxman is playing the role of head of the NCA and grooming the next generation of cricketers. Just like Rahul Dravid used to do before becoming the coach of Team India. Laxman has also traveled with India’s Under-19 team for the 2022 World Cup. His campaign was successful, as India, under the captaincy of Yash Dhull, defeated England by four wickets to win their fifth Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
T20 specialist coach?
Hardik Pandya is all set to become the T20 captain and Rohit Sharma is likely to continue as the Test and ODI captain. In such a situation, there is no possibility of split coaching (separate specialist coach for T20 International) happening soon. When asked about the possibility of split coaching in the setup, a senior BCCI official had said, “Has this happened before in Indian cricket?…”
Rahul Dravid’s tenure
Rahul Dravid has not had much of a stint as the coach of the Indian cricket team since taking over from Ravi Shastri. After November 2021, the Indian team performed disappointingly in the T20 World Cup and 2022 Asia Cup. The controversy over the captaincy of Virat Kohli also came to the fore during this period. Indian cricket’s performance in white-ball cricket was not great and Test cricket did not present much of a challenge, as was the case during Ravi Shastri’s tenure.
Border Gavaskar Trophy is a big challenge for Rahul Dravid
Under the leadership of Rahul Dravid, the biggest challenge ever in red ball cricket is about to come to the fore when India and Australia will play the Border Gavaskar Trophy in February. A 3-1 score in the four-Test series will seal the Rohit Sharma-led side’s place in the final of the World Test Championship, but it is going to be a challenging series against the strong Australian team.
Very busy next two years
The next two years are very busy and important for Team India. A possible World Test Championship final, 2023 ODI World Cup, Asia Cup 2023 and then the T20 World Cup 2024 are up for grabs. As part of the reform effort, the issues of player availability, workload management and fitness parameters along with the roadmap for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 were discussed in detail during the BCCI’s review meeting.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 02, 2023, 18:57 IST