Former India batter VVS Laxman is the front runner to take charge of the National Cricket Academy (NCA). The role was vacated by Rahul Dravid who took over as India head coach. After initial reluctance, Laxman is likely to accept the NCA offer. According to a report in Indian Express, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that Laxman is the front runner to become the next NCA head.
Ganguly has always been in favour of bringing former Indian cricketers into the system. Ganguly was also instrumental in getting Dravid as the head coach of team India. A Source in know had also confirmed that not only the BCCI president, but even secretary Jay Shah and some senior officials want Laxman to become the NCA head.
The source feels Laxman and Dravid will form a perfect combination due to their good tuning and understanding.
"Sourav and Jay both would love to have Laxman take up the NCA role. But yes, the final call obviously lies with the former India cricketer as he has a young family also. He is undoubtedly a front runner for the role, and not to forget how he has been known to share a special bond with now coach Dravid. It will be the perfect combination to have those two work together towards taking Indian cricket forward. Nothing like having former cricketers coming on board to help produce the next generation of stars," the BCCI source had said.
NCA’s contribution has massively helped team India in getting quite a young players on board. Dravid, who was also the coach of the Under-19 team, has groomed quite a few players such as Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, and Sanju Samson. On the other hand, Laxman will bring his huge amount of coaching experience to NCA. He has worked as the mentor for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the IPL.