In a very interesting turn of events, Rahul Dravid on Thursday revealed that he hasn’t signed the contract extension papers yet, even though on Wednesday, the BCCI confirmed, and announced, that he will continue as the head coach.
The BCCI, headed by Secretary Jay Shah and President Roger Binny, on Wednesday made a release on its website, confirming that Rahul Dravid, and his three assistant coaches, will continue in their role with the Indian men’s team.
However, on Thursday evening in Delhi, when Dravid met a few reporters, while leaving hurriedly, he said that he hasn’t signed the contracts yet, and is yet to discuss and confirm the tenure of his renewed contract with the BCCI.
“I haven’t yet signed anything but had discussions on tenure. Once I get the papers, I will sign,” said Rahul Dravid on Thursday, a day after his contract extension was announced by the BCCI.
Watch: Rahul Dravid says he is yet to sign the contract extension papers
I haven’t yet signed a contract with the BCCI but had discussions on tenure. Once I get the papers, I will sign: Head coach Rahul Dravid after World Cup and contract review meeting pic.twitter.com/L35WTH55Gj
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) November 30, 2023
Dravid had taken over the head coach role in November 2021. India had expected an ICC silverware from Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma, and the team even came very close but lost in the World Cup 2023 final.
After the World Cup final loss, the BCCI was impressed with India’s 10-match winning streak and wanted to have Dravid as the coach at least until next year’s T20 World Cup. Dravid was initially reluctant but then agreed to continue in his job.
Under Rohit and Dravid, India lost the semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022 vs England in Adelaide, the WTC Final vs Australia at The Oval, and the World Cup 2023 final vs Australia again, at Ahmedabad.
Along with Dravid, the the BCCI has also extended the contracts of the three assistant coaches – Vikram Rathour, the batting coach, Paras Mhambrey, the bowling coach, and T Dilip, the fielding coach.
Dravid next assignment will be the all-format tour of South Africa in December-Janaury.