Rahul Dravid is likely to tour Sri Lanka in July as the head coach of India’s limited-overs squad. The BCCI is yet to make the formal announcement. But Dravid is expected to tour Sri Lanka in the absence of head coach Ravi Shastri.
India are scheduled to tour Sri Lanka for three ODIs and T20Is from July 13 to 27. They are going with a second-string squad because 20 of India’s top players and four standbys will be in England at the time.
Rahul Dravid as Indian Coach:
Dravid coached several India A and Under-19 sides over the last few years. Dravid will already be familiar with numerous Indian players who are likely to be picked for the Sri Lanka tour.
Dravid is currently the head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. The NCA staff members are likely to be split into two parties. One will tour Sri Lanka with Dravid. The other will travel to England with the India Women’s squad next month.
Former India quick Paras Mhambrey is the leading candidate to tour Sri Lanka as the bowling coach of the men’s limited-overs sides. He has also coached the men’s A-sides and Under-19 teams.
Role of Rahul Dravid in Indian Junior Cricket:
Dravid has played a major role in molding the younger members of the Indian sides who trained under him at the A and Under-19 levels and have gone on to win international matches.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had also praised his former team-mate for doing a “great job at the NCA” for looking after the second-string players. Dravid moved from being the head coach of the A and Under-19 sides to the director of cricket at the NCA in 2019.
India tour of Sri Lanka 2021:
India will play the three ODIs on July 13, 16 and 19 and the T20Is on July 22, 24, and 27. India’s white-ball squad is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka on July 5, according to the preliminary itinerary.
They will serve a week-long quarantine beginning with three days of hard quarantine in hotel rooms followed by four days of training but with movement strictly restricted between the hotel and the grounds. They will then fly back to India on July 28.
To keep the safety of the teams’ bubbles intact, the matches are likely to be played without crowds. The Sooriyawewa ground near Hambantota and the stadium in Dambulla are the frontrunners to host the matches.