Will Rahul Dravid extend his contract as team India head coach post CWC Final loss?

Rahul Dravid's Extended Tenure and the Path Ahead for Indian Cricket in 2024

In a recent development that signifies the importance of continuity within the Indian team, Rahul Dravid has been offered a chance to extend his contract as the head coach of the senior team. Under his guidance, the Indian team captained by Rohit Sharma, recently lost the ICC Cricket World Cup final against Australia on November 19.

At the moment, most of the Indian team including Dravid’s coaching staff have been given a rest for the on-going 5-match T20I series against Australia. VVS Laxman is serving as the head coach with Suryakumar Yadav captaining India due to Hardik Pandya’s absence.

If Rahul Dravid accepts BCCI’s contract renewal then his 2nd stint will get underway at South Africa from December. The Men in Blues will depart for South Africa after the conclusion of the on-going T20 series against the Aussies which still has 2 more games to go at Raipur and Bangalore.

India’s last tour of 2023 will see them play 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests including a Boxing day test at the South African soil. They will then welcome Afghanistan for another 3-match T20 series at home before a very important 5-match Test Series against England (also at home) with the first Test starting from January 25 and the last one from March 7. 

After that it will be time for the 17th edition of the Indian Premier League and right after its conclusion, a 20-team ICC T20 World Cup 2023 will start from June.

It is being said that the BCCI are reluctant to let go of Rahul Dravid and his entourage after a decent 2023 calendar year where they unfortunately lost 2 ICC Finals. The BCCI wants Dravid to continue the structure he has formed since taking over in 2021 and the officials doesn’t want the core unit and its plans to fall out of place. 

But at the moment, Rahul Dravid has not commented or agreed to BCCI’s proposal but a decision is expected to be made by the next week before Indian takes the flight to South Africa.