Former India captain and current National Cricket Academy (NCA) director Rahul Dravid will coach the Indian limited-overs team that will play a six-game series against Sri Lanka in July. This will be his second spell with the Indian team after working with the team as a hitting consultant during the England tour in 2014.
While speaking to ANI, a BCCI official aware of the developments confirmed that the NCA chief would lead the team against Sri Lanka as the trio of Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun and Vikram Rathour will be in England with the test team for the Inauguration edition of the ICC World Trials Championship final against New Zealand.
“The Team India coaching staff will be in the UK and the young team should be guided by Dravid as he has already worked with almost all the ‘A’ boys from India. The comfort that young people share with him will be an added bonus. “
Prior to assuming the role of NCA Director in 2019, Dravid worked closely with the youth of the Indian team at the U19 level, as well as the India ‘A’ team. He has played an integral role in building a solid strength in the national team bench over the past few years after taking over the U-19 and ‘A’ teams in 2015.
The Indian team for the Sri Lanka series is expected to be selected at the end of May. The team will have to undergo quarantine in Sri Lanka before playing all three ODI and three T20I games. All three ODIs will be played on July 13, 16, 19 and the T20Is are expected to be played on July 22-27. The matches will be held at the Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, behind closed doors. Earlier this week BCCI insisted that this The series will help Sri Lanka Cricket get financial relief. after a torrid year due to the pandemic.