According to sources, Ricky Ponting, a former Australian batsman, has turned down the BCCI’s invitation to coach Team India. In the Indian Premier League, Ponting is the head coach of the Delhi Capitals. Ponting was requested to take over as head coach from Ravi Shastri, whose contract expires after the present T20 World Cup in Oman and the United Arab Emirates in 2021.

Ponting, on the other hand, declined the offer, albeit the reasons for his decision remain unknown. Former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid has been named as Shastri’s successor. After meeting with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and honorary secretary Jay Shah in Dubai, Dravid was enlisted.

“Rahul was the only one who fit the bill. It was difficult to persuade him to go along with it. To tell you the truth, there’s no other option,” a source told The Times of India. According to sources, Dravid has been hired for a two-year term and would be paid INR 10 crores. He also has to resign as the director of the National Cricket Academy. Bharat Arun has been replaced as a bowling coach by Paras Mhambrey.

Vikram Rathour is most likely to stay on as India’s batting coach. India’s home series against New Zealand, which begins after the T20 World Cup, will be led by Dravid and his support staff.

“Dravid has declared that he will be the Indian team’s next head coach and he will be stepping down as the head of the NCA soon. Last month, he was re-appointed as the head of the NCA. The BCCI, on the other hand, required a strong contender to lead Indian cricket forward. He has put forth a lot of effort to create the future generation of Indian cricketers. Even Mhambrey knows the players in the following group like the back of his hand”, the source stated.