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Rahul Dravid has been named the new head coach of Team India

Replacing Ravi Shashtri, Rahul Dravid will take charge from the upcoming home series against New Zealand.

Rahul Dravid has been named the new head coach of Team India

On Wednesday, the Cricket Advisory Committee, which included Sulakshana Naik and RP Singh, unanimously nominated Rahul Dravid as Team India's head coach (Senior Men).

From the forthcoming home series against New Zealand, the former India captain will be in charge.

On October 26, the BCCI issued a call for applicants for Mr Ravi Shastri's successor, whose contract expires after the current ICC T20 World Cup.

Shastri (previous Team Director and Head Coach), B. Arun (Bowling Coach), R. Sridhar (Fielding Coach), and Vikram Rathour (Batting Coach) are all congratulated on a successful stint by the Board. The Indian Cricket Team embraced a bold and aggressive attitude under Shastri, and played admirably both at home and abroad. In the Test format, India moved to the top of the standings and advanced to the final of the inaugural World Test Championship in England.

In 2018-19, India became the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia, and they repeated the feat in 2020-21. When India blanked New Zealand 5-0 in a bilateral series, it became the first team to win all five T20Is. India won all seven Test series at home under the leadership of Shastri and his team.

Sourav Ganguly, President, BCCI in a release said: "The BCCI welcomes Rahul Dravid as the Head Coach of India's senior men team. Rahul has had an illustrious playing career and is one of the greats of the game. He has also served Indian cricket as Head of National Cricket Academy (NCA) with distinction. Rahul's effort at the NCA has nurtured several young cricketing talents who have gone on to represent the country at the international stage. I am hopeful that his new stint will take Indian cricket to new heights."

Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI said: "There is no better person than Rahul Dravid and I am delighted to see him being appointed as the Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team. With two World Cups scheduled to take place in the next two years, it is important to have a seamless transition, and the former India captain is the right man for the job. Having provided the much-needed direction to NCA and overseen the progression of the boys at India U-19 and India A level, we believe this is also a natural progression for him as a coach. I have no doubt that under him, the Indian team will dominate in all formats. The Board will soon make appointments of other coaching staff, who will support the Head Coach in jointly achieving our targets."

Rahul Dravid, Head Coach, Team India said: "It is an absolute honour to be appointed as the new Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team and I am really looking forward to this role. Under Mr Shastri, the team has done very well, and I hope to work with the team to take this forward. Having worked closely with most of the boys either at NCA, U19 and India A setup, I know they have the passion and desire to improve every day. There are some marquee multi-team events in the next two years, and I look forward to working with the players and the support staff to achieve our potential."

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