Dravid to coach India in Lanka: Ganguly

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid. File photo: IANS

Mumbai: Board of Control or Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has announced that National Cricket Academy (NCA) director Rahul Dravid will be the head coach of the Indian white-ball side for the tour of Sri Lanka.

Dravid will be in charge of the Indian senior team for the first time. He has previously coached the India U-19 and India 'A' teams.

Meanwhile, India's white-ball squad, led by Shikhar Dhawan, has arrived here and straightaway went for a two-week quarantine.

The team members will be under quarantine till June 28 and undergo six RT-PCR tests on alternate days before flying off to Colombo for the six-match series (three ODIs and as many T20Is) against Sri Lanka, starting on July 13.

"#TeamIndia's limited-overs squad for the Sri Lanka series has assembled in Mumbai. Good to see some new and happy faces in the squad," the BCCI tweeted, along with pictures of some players, including that of Dhawan.

It is understood that all the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that will be followed by the Lanka-bound squad will be same as those of the first team currently in the United Kingdom for the World Test Championship final and five-match series against England.

"All the rules will be same like we followed in England. The outstation players came by charter flight and some flew business class of commercial airline," a BCCI source privy to development had told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

"They will do seven days of room quarantine and then can meet in common areas inside the bio-bubble. The players will do gym sessions in staggered manner."

While the ODI series starts on July 13, it is expected that Indian team will have match simulation practice (situational training) after individual sessions, following three days of room quarantine at the team hotel in Colombo.

The comments posted here/below/in the given space are not on behalf of Onmanorama. The person posting the comment will be in sole ownership of its responsibility. According to the central government's IT rules, obscene or offensive statement made against a person, religion, community or nation is a punishable offense, and legal action would be taken against people who indulge in such activities.