Rahul Dravid, who recently took charge at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) as the head of cricket, will no longer work with India A and Under 19 teams as their head coach, according to a report from ICC.
Dravid had moderately successful stints with both the sides – Under 19 and India A. Under his tutelage, the U-19 team led by Prithvi Shaw won the 2018 World Cup, held in New Zealand.
During his tenure as the head coach, Dravid focussed more on players’ developments without overthinking the result.
Meanwhile, Sitanshu Kotak and Paras Mhambrey will take over the charge from the former Indian skipper after being named the head coaches of India A and India U-19 teams respectively. However, the report has mentioned that both Kotak and Mhambrey have been appointed only for the “next few months”.
Kotak, who averaged 41.76 in 130 first-class matches while taking 70 wickets, was earlier in charge of the Saurashtra side in the domestic set-up. The 46-year-old will take care of the batting aspect of India A players while former India spinner Ramesh Powar will take charge as the bowling coach along with T Dilip who will join the set-up as the fielding coach.
Mhambrey, on the other hand, has worked for long with the India A and Under 19 teams under Dravid. He will be the head coach, as well as the bowling coach of the U19 side at the upcoming Asia Cup in Colombo in September.
The 47-year-old will be assisted by former India batsman Hrishikesh Kanitkar and Abhay Sharma, a wicket-keeper in his playing days, as batting and fielding coaches respectively of the junior team.