Rahul Dravid, who is coaching India A and India Under-19, may be given an additional responsibility and asked to become head coach at the NCA. @PTI

India A and India under-19 coach Rahul Dravid may soon be given an additional responsibility. The former India skipper is likely to be asked to become the head coach of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. If this happens, Dravid will work and monitor the fellow coaches at the NCA.

Dravid has been coaching the India A and India Under-19 sides since his retirement. Under his coaching, the Prithvi Shaw-led Under-19 team won the World Cup in New Zealand last year. His guidance and inputs have also seen the likes of Rishabh Pant, Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill made their India debut in the last couple of years. (ALSO READ: Players know best how to manage their bodies: Dravid)

While Shaw, Agarwal and Vihari represented India in Tests, the likes of Gill and Vijay played for India in the limited-overs cricket. Pant, meanwhile, was a part of India’s Test-series wining squad in Australia. (ALSO READ: Rahul Dravid told me I have shots and temperament to be a finisher: Vijay Shankar)

“He has been the link between the Indian team and selectors. He has been guiding everyone behind the scenes. He is the one who has been informing selectors whether a particular player is ready for international cricket or not. We felt its the right time to have him on board for bigger role. The idea was proposed during the last COA meeting and it will be taken forward accordingly,” BCCI sources told Indian Express. (ALSO READ: Series defeat against Australia warning sign for India ahead of the World Cup: Rahul Dravid)

It is reported that Saba Karim, general manager cricket operations, and Tufan Ghosh, NCA chief operating officer, put forward the proposal before the Vinod Rai-led Committee of Administrators (CoA) to make Dravid the head coach of the NCA.

The Bangalore-based academy currently has only one full-time coach in the form of ex-India spinner Narendra Hirwani. WV Raman, who is currently the head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team, was earlier the batting coach at the NCA.

It is also learnt that the idea is already discussed with Dravid, who will have to formally apply for the post as the BCCI will invite applications for the role.