Since the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the limited-overs tour to Sri Lanka in between the WTC final and India’s England tour, it is now speculated that the legend Rahul Dravid would be the head coach in this tour.
India tour of Sri Lanaka
Lately, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly revealed that a completely different squad would be picked for the limited-overs series against Sri Lank to fill the gap between the WTC final and India’s England tour. Since the present head coach Ravi Shastri will be with the senior team in England, it has been learned that Rahul Dravid could be handed the responsibility to accompany the alternative team as the head coach.
In what would be the first time in cricket history, the BCCI is all set to choose a completely different squad for the tour of Sri Lanka, featuring 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is.
Top-notch players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, and Rishab Pant will not be a part of the team in Sri Lanka. In addition, head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and batting coach Vikram Rathour will also not serve the players in Sri Lanka’s tour.
Rahul Dravid as coach
It is ideal now to have Rahul Dravid as the head coach in such a scenario. Many speculations suggest that the BCCI is mulling upon this decision. Thus, there is a good possibility that he will accompany the players to Sri Lanka and some of his support staff from the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
Players available for the island tour are- Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, etc.
The above list of players is indeed a B squad, but the names are good enough to give a tough fight to the Lanka lions.
The board is still in the process of concluding the details of the tour and pick the squad. With the available options, it remains to be seen how the management forms this novel setup.
For the England tour, the board named 20 players for the assignment, including the World Test Championship final and 5 Tests against England. Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav are among the players in the squad.
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