Former Indian captain and batting legend Rahul Dravid will not be able to provide his valuable inputs to the senior Indian cricket team as an overseas batting consultant, the Committee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai confirmed it on Saturday. Dravid is likely to be busy with his commitments towards the India A and Under-19 teams when the Kohli-led Indian side will embark on their overseas tours.
“Dravid’s contract issues are all sorted. He has two-year full-time contract (India A and U-19). He has said that he is not available for tours abroad (senior team). He does not want to hang around,” Rai quoted following his meeting with the BCCI officials.
With the Under-19 World Cup and some A series lined up in the next year’s itinerary, it is learnt that Dravid availability is quite uncertain. However, if the head coach Ravi Shastri wants him, they can get his services at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
This effectively rules Dravid out as an overseas batting consultant from India’s tour of South Africa later this year.
Rai also stressed on the Zaheer Khan issue and said we are looking to create a template in which his IPL contract can be balanced with his consultancy role.
“Earlier, there was no system in place. We are trying to set templates. Zaheer is very much in scheme of coaching various Indian teams but we can only have him after we have a contract in place.” Rai explained.
“We can’t just tell Zaheer okay we give you a three month or three week contract and these are conditions. We have to also look into his IPL contract, media commitments,” Rai concluded.