BCCI invites applications for NCA coaches; Rahul Dravid re-applies

BCCI invited applications for the posts of batting coaches, bowling coaches, fielding coaches, and head of cricket education at NCA.

Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid in a file photo, Image credit: Twitter
By Amruth Kalidas | Aug 22, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has started a recruitment drive at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in full swing. Earlier the Indian cricket board had invited applications for the Head of Cricket at NCA. The deadline for the post has been extended till August 31. Rahul Dravid held the post of NCA Head for the last two years. Now he has reapplied for the post. However, Dravid is the only person to apply for the post so far, as per reports.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic last year, BCCI decided to not renew the annual contracts of 11 coaches at the National Cricket Academy. However, almost one year after the decision, the board has decided to fill all the vacant positions in NCA. This reveals that the activities at the National Cricket Academy, which were affected due to the Covid pandemic earlier, are getting back to normal.


BCCI invited applications for the posts of batting coaches, bowling coaches (fast and spin bowling), fielding coaches, and head of cricket education at NCA. The announcements for the same were released by BCCI on their official website. The last date to apply for these posts is September 10. The age limit for all these posts is 60.

The board recently conducted a level 2 hybris course for cricket coaches at NCA. Former Indian cricketers Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Devang Gandhi, Naman Ojha, Ashok Dinda were some of the participants for the course. Active cricketers like Abhishek Nayar and Parvez Rasool were also part of the course.


Referring to the post of Head of Cricket at NCA, Rahul Dravid is highly expected to retain the post. In the last two years, Dravid has done a commendable job as NCA head, nourishing and developing young talents for Indian cricket. The BCCI did not extend his contract because the board does not have a provision to extend contracts in NCA.

Under Rahul Dravid’s stewardship, the National Cricket Academy has revamped the coaching manual. It now comprises “corporate classes” for aspiring coaches on tackling off-field issues, including selection pressures from various quarters.

Recently, a batch of distinguished former first-class cricketers attended the BCCI’s Level-2 coaching course, who also appeared for the theory and practical examination.

While the coaching module has been tweaked to make it more appealing for modern coaches, what came as a pleasant surprise was the introduction of a “corporate problem-solving class”, where the incumbents were asked to find methods of trouble shooting while dealing with multiple off-the-field stakeholders.

Since Dravid is expected to be appointed as Head of Cricket at NCA, the speculation of him taking over as India’s next head coach has ended. India’s current head coach Ravi Shastri is reportedly going to retire from the post after the conclusion of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in November.

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