Ponting backs Dravid for India head coach role

“I don’t think [the] BCCI will find many better candidates than someone like him”

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Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes that Rahul Dravid should be appointed as India’s next head coach.

Anil Kumble, who currently holds the position, will have to go through the selection process again once his tenure ends after the Champions Trophy in England next month.

But why is Ponting advocating for Dravid? According to the 42-year-old, the legendary India batsman’s experience will come in handy, as well as the fact that he is currently coaching India A, the country’s Under-19 side and the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“It’s not my decision to make and it depends on what BCCI are looking for,” Ponting said. “Do they want an Indian coach or an overseas one? I don’t think [the] BCCI will find many better candidates than someone like him. If he’s interested in doing the job, he will do a good job.

“He’s got a lot of knowledge, is very experienced and understands all three formats because he has worked in IPL. He will be a great candidate but it depends on what the BCCI thinks is the best fit for the Indian cricket team and also depends on what the captain wants. Whatever Virat (Kohli) wants around the Test team, I am sure the BCCI will listen to him.”

While Ponting has made his opinion clear, the final call in regards to the India head coach job will be down to the cricket advisory committee, which consists of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman.

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