Former India skipper Rahul Dravid has agreed to continue his tenure as India A and under-19 coach for the next two years. Also, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced more than a 100 percent hike in his salary rendering to his service as the coach.
As a result, he will now fetch Rs. 5 Crore per annum, for the next couple of years. Earlier in April 2016, as per the board’s payment details (over Rs 25 lakh only) which were released on their official website mentioned that the former batsman was paid a fee accounting to almost Rs 2.62 crore — the second instalment of which, around Rs 1.3 crore, was paid to him on April 2.
However, owing to this commitment Dravid will not be allowed to serve as a coach in the lucrative IPL, be a part of any media houses or do any commentary stints through his course as a coach.
A choice between India and the IPL had to be made after the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrator (COA) decided to have a 12-month contract for all India coaches as well as the support staff so as to avoid any conflict of interest. Previously, the BCCI used to assign a 10-month contract to its coaches and they were allowed to be part of the IPL.
Dravid will now travel to South Africa with India A and thus will not be able to join India under-19 tour to England as both tours are scheduled to happen simultaneously.
The India A side will embark on their tour in last week of July to play a 50-over tri-series which also involves Australia A. While the India under-19 side will be on an England tour from July 19.
– by Yash Kashikar