Rahul Dravid to coach India 'A' and Under-19 teams

Kolkata, June 6: Former India captain Rahul Dravid will coach India 'A' and Under-19 teams, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed today.

Exclusive: Dravid speaks on his new role

Dravid, who was not part of the BCCI's newly formed Advisory Committee recently, has agreed to take up the coaching role of the 2 teams, the Indian cricket board's secretary Anurag Thakur said on Saturday.

Rahul Dravid to coach 2 teams

"The good news is that Rahul Dravid has agreed to coach India 'A' and Under-19 teams in future," Thakur said at a press conference after the Advisory Committee's meeting.

The Advisory Committee of BCCI comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman had its first meeting today in Kolkata.

The 42-year-old Dravid, who played 164 Tests and 344 ODIs for India, has been IPL team Rajasthan Royals' mentor.

Elaborating on the advisory committee's first meeting, Thakur said the Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman suggested greater overseas exposure for the India A team and offered their services for any Indian team.

"We will be hiring a number of coaches, physios and trainers. We would like to have a pyramid like structure where from top to bottom, similar coaching and facilities are available to all. All three (of the committee members) of them agree that if need be, Sourav, Sachin and Laxman can spare some time to help the Indian cricketers," Thakur said.

"Our focus will be to play more and more overseas. The next meeting of legends committee will be held after the shortlist of new trainers and physios is decided," he added.

"One important recommendation was that to select a pool of 15 fast bowlers and 15 spinners and have specialist coaches for them."

Asked if the three greats would be paid for their services, Thakur said,"Advisory committee members are honorary."

OneIndia News/PTI

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