BCCI approached Ricky Ponting and Stephen Fleming to replace Rahul Dravid as head coach

Ricky Ponting and Stephen Fleming

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited applications for the post of head coach of the men’s team as Rahul Dravid’s tenure will end after the T20 World Cup 2024. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach , Stephen Fleming and Ricky Ponting of Delhi Capitals (DC) are in the race to replace Rahul Dravid.

Rahul Dravid signed a two-year contract after the T20 World Cup 2021. The 51-year-old was granted a six-month extension after the ODI World Cup 2023 to continue overseeing operations until the T20 World Cup 2024. Dravid can return apply for the head coaching position, but it is unlikely that he will do so for personal reasons.

Ricky Ponting and Stephen Fleming approached BCCI – Report

According to a report by RevSportz, the BCCI has informally approached Ricky Ponting and Stephen Fleming for the next Indian head coach position. However, their response has not been very positive. It is worth mentioning that Ponting and Fleming have extensive experience in the IPL.

Stephen Fleming is currently committed to the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL). If he becomes the head coach of India, he must end his ties with CSK or any IPL franchise. The coach’s contract, according to BCCI, extends until December 31, 2027.

John Wright guided India to notable achievements, including reaching the final of the 2003 World Cup. Gary Kirsten helped India clinch the trophy in the 2011 ODI World Cup. However, the BCCI began to favor coaches Indians after a failed stint under Duncan Fletcher.

Team India achieved consecutive Test series victories in Australia during Ravi Shastri’s tenure. Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma led the team to the final of the World Test Championship and the final of the ODI World Cup. However, the Men in Blue did not achieve victory in the final matches.

“The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a world-class Indian cricket team that delivers sustained success in all conditions and formats, inspiring current and future generations of cricketers and stakeholders with their approach to the game.”

“The head coach will have overall responsibility for the performance and management of the Indian men’s team across all three formats of the game.”

“The head coach will lead a team of specialist coaches and support staff and will be responsible for defining their roles, performance and ongoing development.”

“The head coach will be responsible for reviewing, maintaining and enforcing disciplinary codes within the Indian men’s team.”

The next coach of the Indian team will face a major challenge – handling a transition period in various formats. With several team members approaching the final stages of their careers, the task of selecting the right candidates for the team becomes crucial to ensuring long-term success.

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