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Rahul Dravid not ready to coach India due to ‘time constraints’

Rahul Dravid said that he is going to perform the role of mentor for Rajasthan Royals this year in the IPL © Getty Images
Rahul Dravid said that he is going to perform the role of mentor for Rajasthan Royals this year in the IPL © Getty Images

Mumbai: Mar 14, 2014

Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar wants Rahul Dravid to take up the highly challenging job of India coach but the former captain is not ready as yet to assume the mantle from under-fire incumbent Duncan Fletcher because of “time constraints”.

“I am happy that he [Gavaskar] said I am capable of doing the job. But the job requires a lot of time, almost 11 months a year. I have just retired and at the moment because of time constraints, I have to decline [the suggestion],” said Dravid at a promotional event in Mumbai on Friday.

Former India captain Gavaskar had earlier told a TV channel of Fletcher, “For me, Duncan Fletcher would get 1.5 in a scale of 10 as far as his success is concerned. I believe a younger guy should be appointed as the coach of the Indian team.”

“Rahul Dravid is one man who is enormously respected and was a successful captain, having won series in West Indies and England. When he speaks, the Indian players, some of whom are superstars, listen to him as they know how much preparation went into his game,” Gavaskar added.

Dravid, however, did not totally rule out the possibility of taking up the job in future.

“I am going to perform a different role (mentor) for Rajasthan Royals this year in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Who knows what lies in store in the future,” said the 41-year-old former batsman who amassed over 24,000 runs from 164 Tests and 344 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) before retiring last year.

Dravid expected the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to continue with the current support staff comprising Zimbabwean Fletcher, bowling and fielding coaches Joe Dawes and Trevor Penney, respectively, at least till the end of the next World Cup in 2015.

“With the World Cup less than a year away I don’t think there would be any changes in the support staff of the team. Ideally, they should be given a four-year period to change things. There is no point of changing the leadership ahead of the World Cup,” said Dravid.

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