Former batsman Rahul Dravid is most likely to company the Indian cricket team during the Sri Lanka tour in July. According to a report in Cricbuzz, there are high possibilities that Dravid, along with his staff at the National Cricket Academy, will company the Indian team on their Sri Lanka tour. There is no official confirmation on this, but it indeed is on the cards. Likely, India’s head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and batting coach Vikram Rathour will not be able to support the cricketers on the tour of Sri Lanka. Virat Kohli and his team would be in the UK for the maiden ICC World Test Championship final. After the conclusion of WTC, India will play a five-match Test series against England.
The Indian team will reach Sri Lanka on July 5. Three ODIs will be played on July 13, 16, and 19. It will then be followed by T20Is on July 22, 24, and 27. All the games will take place in Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
Dravid is likely to take some of his NCA support staff as coaches for the Sri Lanka series
Rahul Dravid, who has been coaching and mentoring the U-19 team and the A-side, is no stranger to the role. Cricketers like Pant and Prithvi Shaw have all been mentored and coached by Dravid. The former Indian batsman has been responsible for providing the senior cricket team with talented cricketers over the years. Shikhar Dhawan, Suryakumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav are some of the players who would be available for the Sri Lanka tour. It will be an excellent chance for most of the players to cement their place in the senior cricket team.
For the upcoming tour of England, it was reported that the BCCI is likely to pick a jumbo 30-member squad. However, the board has only named 20 players for the tour. This will also be including the World Test Championship final and 5 Tests against England. The decision was taken keeping in mind the upcoming Sri Lanka series. The Indian cricket board is still finalising the details of the tour and will pick the squad accordingly. Thus, it will be interesting to see who will lead the team in Sri Lanka and how the management formulates this unique setup.