According to reports emerging, Team India’s head coach Anil Kumble might soon be elevated to the position of team director. That’s not all. Rahul Dravid is likely to take over as head coach from Kumble. Dravid is currently the coach of India A team.
If the shuffle happens, the four-match Test series against Australia will be his last as coach. According to a report in the New Indian Express, Kumble met the court-appointed committee of administrators (CoA) after the second Test in Bengaluru. The committee has asked him prepare a report on the senior, A side, junior and as well as the women’s teams.
“We need to move ahead with the times and that is why these structural changes are looked at. If it happens, Indian cricket will benefit, as one person will handle all the teams and there will be better coordination between all concerned. The plan is already in place and there is a strong possibility that when new contracts are given out, these changes will be made,” some board sources were quoted as saying in the New Indian Express report.
According to the report, the BCCI wants to do away with the cricket advisory committee that had appointed Kumble as coach. One of the committee members, which includes Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly, could be given the responsibility of handling cricket operations of all BCCI teams. As of now, MV Sridhar performs the role.
On the coach’s role, the source added, “It is too early to say whether Kumble will take up the role or not. Being the coach and team director is no easy thing as it needs a lot of dedicated time. The amount of cricket we play might burn him out. If he doesn’t, we need the back-up as we can’t let the team getting affected, particularly with the Champions Trophy coming up.”