Reports suggest the Indian cricket board (BCCI) is trying to persuade cricket legend Rahul Dravid to take up a permanent position as mentor for the Indian cricket team.
After the team’s recent embarrassing Test series collapse against England, Duncan Fletcher’s position as a coach has come under heavy scrutiny.
As a damage control measure, the Indian cricket board appointed former Indian cricketer and commentator Ravi Shastri in the role of director of the Indian cricket team for the upcoming One-Day International series against England.
Speaking to reputed Indian newspaper The Indian Express an unnamed BCCI official has claimed the board has offered Fletcher an honorable way out, by resigning at the end of the England tour.
“Fletcher himself has to decide what his future will be. He is a professional and we are paying him a good amount. So it is natural to expect big results from him,” the official said.
“We don’t doubt his cricketing knowledge but we need someone who can also communicate well with the boys and also motivate them to become mentally tougher.
“We have options when it comes to appointing new coaching staff. Enough feelers have been sent to Fletcher in the last meeting and the BCCI will be expecting him to resign after England tour,” the official added.
However, the BCCI may have a tough task in convincing Dravid, who recently cited personal and professional reasons for not taking over the job at short notice, forcing the board to opt for Shastri.
The Indian cricket board is hoping to rope in the services of the legendary cricketer until the end of the 2015 World Cup.
BCCI is eager to appoint Dravid due to the respect he commands over the youngsters in Indian cricket.
However, Dravid’s prior commitments to Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals is expected to make the convincing job tough for board officials.
“Dravid is attached to the Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming Champions League. However, we have big plans for Rahul. We want him to be the permanent mentor of the Indian team,” the official said.
“He understands these players like nobody else and the players respect him also. We will ask him to take up the role during the home series against West Indies and also when the team travels to Australia for the Test series.”
Dravid recently acted as the batting consultant for the Indian team ahead of the first Test at Trent Bridge against England. The role lasted only a brief amount of time due to Dravid citing other professional commitments.
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