Rahul Dravid will not be available for Delhi Daredevils and other corporate. The Wall has committed to the national duty.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has offered Dravid a hike of almost 116% to persuade The Wall to hold the future of Indian Cricket. Dravid has accepted the offer.
This means the national coach for India A and Indian under-19 teams will not be available for the IPL as well as TV commentary or news channel analyst’s assignments.
BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, announcing Dravid’s appointment, said, “Rahul Dravid is known for the discipline and commitment he brings to the table. He has been successful in grooming the youngsters in the last two years. I wish him all the very best for his assignments with the two teams for the next two years.”
The value of the two-year contract is learnt to be Rs 6 crore per annum. His earlier annual contract with the BCCI was for a salary of Rs 2.62 crore for a ten-month period, giving him a two month window for the IPL job.
Dravid was allowed to accept the GMR offer to be the mentor-trainer of the IPL side Delhi Daredevils. This had led to a controversy with the former BCCI CoA member Ram Chandra Guha raising the conflict of interest issue with regard to Dravid’s dual jobs with the BCCI and the DD. Dravid with a reported salary of Rs 4.5 crore per season was the highest paid IPL coach.
Delhi Daredevils CeO Hemant Dua has said “it was an honour and privilege to have Rahul Dravid as mentor of the Delhi Daredevils over the last two years. We truly enjoyed our association and nurtured some great young talent together. We are sad that he will not continue with us as mentor as he chooses to serve India A as a coach. Being a true servant of cricket he believes he still has a lot to give back to the game and help nurture young India talent. We wish him all the best.”
Dravid will now travel to South Africa with the India A team. The tour stars in the last week of this month. That means he is not available for the India under-19 side’s month-long tour of England, starting on July 19.