BCCI interested in appointing Rahul Dravid as Team India's head coach?

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New Delhi, Apr 3: With Team India Director Ravi Shastri's contract coming to an end, speculations are once again rife over who is going to be its new head coach.

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Amid reports about Shastri's contract likely to be renewed as a full-time coach, reports now claim that the high-profile Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly, has approached legendary Rahul Dravid if he is interested in taking over as chief coach of the senior national side.

BCCI interested in making Rahul Dravid as Team India's head coach?

Rahul Dravid, at present, is coaching India's U-19 squad for about a year.

As per a Cricbuzz report, Dravid was asked about his availability if such a proposition were to be made in the near future.

"Rahul has said he will give it a thought," said a source in the know of the developments. Should Dravid agree to take up the challenge, he is likely to be given a free hand and a long-term contract, possibly extending to the 2019 World Cup, the report added.

The BCCI had signed a contract with Shastri till the end of the ICC World T20 and it came to an end immediately after India's ouster in the semi-final. However, Shastri's contract, in case renewed, will be of full-time coach and not director.

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"Ravi Shastri's contract has ended. We are looking at a full-time coach and the decision will be taken by the Cricket Advisory Committee. There won't be a Team Director and a full-time coach. It will be only one post and even Ravi's contract can come up for renewal," BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur told PTI on Thursday.

Asked about chances of Shastri, who has been a popular choice among some of the senior, getting a second term, Thakur said, "It will entirely be CAC's call. But it will be the post of a full-time coach. CAC has been asked to shortlist the names of the possible candidates for the post."

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