The report names ‘strong candidate’ to succeed India coach Rahul Dravid if he does not apply again

National Cricket Academy manager Plumbing Laxman could lead the Indian team for the five-match T20 International series against Australia, which starts within a week of the conclusion of the ODI World Cup. Chief advisor Rahul Dravid‘s contract will run its course at the end of the World Cup and the BCCI obviously has the option of asking the former Indian captain to reapply as the board will have to re-invite applications for the post as per the norm.

It will be interesting to see if 51-year-old Dravid wants to continue as head coach of the national team, which involves extensive travel and constant pressure. There is a possibility that Dravid, who has previously coached IPL teams like Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals, may return to the T20 league, which has 10 teams.

But it is highly likely that Dravid, as well as the entire squad will save Suryakumar Yadavwill get some much needed rest after a grueling campaign where they had to travel more than 10,000 km across the country.

“VVS Laxman has always been in charge when Rahul has taken a break and the same is likely to continue for the series right after the World Cup,” a BCCI source told PTI on condition of anonymity.

In case new applications are invited, Laxman could be a very strong candidate as the BCCI has created a process where whoever is in charge of the NCA and knows the system and ins and outs is prepared for the role.

Most of the members in the T20 squad for the Australia series will consist of players who were part of the T20 series in the West Indies, Ireland and the Asian Games, which the big boys like. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah gets a break to freshen up for the big-ticket series against South Africa, where India play three T20Is, as many ODIs and two Tests.

The five-match T20 series against Australia will begin in Visakhapatnam on November 23.

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