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Legendary India batsman Rahul Dravid will mentor the national team during their five-Test series against England, which begins on July 9 in Nottingham.
The move was authorised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and Dravid is expected to join up with India tomorrow.
“It was the coach (Duncan Fletcher) who approached us on behalf of the team and said it would be good to have Rahul, with his vast experience, spend some time with the boys ahead of the series,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told ESPNcricinfo. “We immediately requested Rahul and he readily agreed.”
This is the first time since he retired from international cricket in 2012 that Dravid has held a position of authority within the national team.
In March, interim BCCI president Sunil Gavaskar stated that Dravid should become India’s head coach, but he declined due to a lack of time.
“Rahul Dravid is one man who is enormously respected and was a successful captain, having won series in West Indies and England,” Gavaskar had said. “When he speaks, the Indian players, some of whom are superstars, listen to him as they know how much preparation went into his game.”
“I am happy that he (Gavaskar) said I am capable of doing the job,” Dravid had said. “But the job requires a lot of time, almost 11 months a year. I have just retired and at the moment because of time constraints, I have to decline.”