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Rahul Dravid likely to be interim coach for New Zealand series – Latest Cricket News

India will have to go without a head coach for almost a month as current coach Ravi Shastri has already made it clear that he will step down after the T20 World Cup. The T20 World Cup final is to be played on October 14 and just three days after that, India have to play a series against New Zealand at their home. With Shastri refusing to extend his contract, the BCCI has requested Rahul Dravid to take over as the coach for the series against New Zealand.

A BCCI official told InsideSport, “Yes, Rahul has been approached to accept the role at least for the New Zealand series. Till we appoint a coach for the series against South Africa, Dravid has been appealed to guide the team. Rahul will take charge for this series and in the meantime a CAC will follow the process for the new coach. There is little hope of Rahul handling this role full time as he will not be able to work away from his family.

Dravid has not said yes to this role yet, but BCCI is confident that this former captain of Team India will not refuse. Dravid became the coach of the Indian team during the tour of Sri Lanka in July this year. New Zealand have to play a series of three T20s and two Test matches on the India tour. The first match of the T20 series against New Zealand will be played on November 17, while the second match will be played on November 19 and the last match on November 21. After this, the first Test will start from November 25 and the second Test will start from December 3. BCCI can rest players like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami in the series against New Zealand and can give opportunities to young players.

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