Rahul Dravid, who is known as ‘The Wall’, is going to be the new coach of Team India during the tour of Sri Lanka. Team India is scheduled to play the Sri Lanka tour with a new team combination where the regular Indian team is scheduled to play the WTC finals in UK.
Rahul Dravid Appointed as Coach for Sri Lanka Tour
“The Team India coaching staff will be in the UK and it is best that the young team is guided by Dravid as he has already worked with almost all of the India ‘A’ boys. The comfort the youngsters share with him will be an added advantage,” the official told ANI.
The tour of Sri Lanka will prove to be Rahul Dravid’s second stint with India after working as a batting consultant during the England tour in 2014.
Before taking over as the head of NCA in 2019, Dravid had worked closely with the current crop of youngsters at the U-19 level as well as in India A setup.
The India squad for the Sri Lanka series is expected to be selected at the end of June. The three ODIs will be played on July 13, 16, 19 and the T20Is are expected to be played between July 22-27.
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.
India last toured Sri Lanka in 2018 for the Nidahas T20 tri-series and in 2017 for a bilateral all-format tour.