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Legendary India batsman Rahul Dravid has agreed to become the coach of the country’s Under-19 and A team.
Dravid agreed to take up the position as he has always been interested in working with and grooming the next generation of cricketers.
“I think it is really exciting because it has been an area I have always been interested in,” Dravid told ESPNcricinfo. “I feel it is a very important stage of development of a lot of cricketers, having been through myself, and I am just hoping that having experienced being on A tours and being with an Indian Under-19 team, I will probably be able to help some of these young cricketers on their journey.
“I don’t see this as any stepping stone, I just see this as an opportunity to work with young players over the next few months, six weeks of an A tour and may be six or seven weeks, with the Under-19 team. This is all I see it as.
“More than anything this is something that really interests me, working hands on with young talent and obviously the fact that it is not as encompassing as say a national coach’s job is. It makes it a really good fit for me.”
There had been a lot of speculation about the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) making Dravid head coach of the national team, but the 42-year-old was reluctant to take up the post since he has a young family.
Despite this, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur was pleased that Dravid agreed to coach the country’s up-and-coming cricketers.
“The good news is that Rahul Dravid has agreed to coach India A and India Under-19 in the future,” Thakur said.
Dravid’s first assignment will be a tri-series on home soil involving India A, South Africa A and Australia A in July. He will also accompany the Under-19 team to next year’s World Cup in Bangladesh.