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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has started a recruitment drive at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in full swing. Earlier the Indian cricket board had invited applications for the Head of Cricket at NCA. The deadline for the same has been extended till August 31. Rahul Dravid, who held the post of NCA Head for the last two years, has reapplied for the post. Notably, Rahul Dravid is the only person to apply for the post so far.
Last year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, BCCI had decided to not renew the annual contracts of 11 coaches at the National Cricket Academy. However, almost one year after the decision, the board has decided to fill all the vacant positions in NCA. This reveals that the activities at the National Cricket Academy, which were affected due to the Covid pandemic earlier, are getting back to normal.
BCCI Begins Recruitment Drive In National Cricket Academy
BCCI has invited applications for the posts of batting coaches, bowling coaches (fast and spin bowling), fielding coaches, and head of cricket education at NCA. The announcements for the same were released by BCCI on their official website. The last date to apply for these posts is September 10. The age limit for all these posts is 60.
The board recently conducted a level 2 hybris course for cricket coaches at NCA. Former Indian cricketers Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Devang Gandhi, Naman Ojha, Ashok Dinda were some of the participants for the course. Active cricketers like Abhishek Nayar and Parvez Rasool were also part of the course.
Talking about the post of Head of Cricket at NCA, Rahul Dravid is highly expected to retain the post. In the last two years, Dravid has done a commendable job as NCA head, nourishing and developing young talents for Indian cricket. The BCCI did not extend his contract because the board does not has a provision to extend contracts in National Cricket Academy.
Since Dravid is expected to be appointed as Head of Cricket at NCA, the speculation of him taking over as India’s next head coach has ended. India’s current head coach Ravi Shastri is going to retire from the post after the conclusion of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in November.