After successfully convincing former Cricketer Rahul Dravid to take up the coaching duties of the senior men team India, the BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly, has confirmed the appointment of VVS Laxman as the chief of National Cricket Academy (NCA) Bangalore.
Earlier, Dravid was the head of NCA, however, after his appointment as the head coach of India, the position was vacant. Laxman is likely to assume the charge after the tour of India “A” of South Africa, later this month.
VVS Laxman will be the new head of the National Cricket Academy. On Sunday, this was confirmed by Sourav Ganguly, President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India himself. When the BCCI chief was asked by the news agency ANI whether Laxman is going to become the president of the NCA, he replied to this question and said that yes it is correct.
A few days ago, Ganguly persuaded Laxman to become the President of the National Cricket Academy. Laxman will replace former NCA chief Rahul Dravid who was recently appointed as the head coach of the national cricket team.
Former India captain and current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has always emphasized that former cricketers come forward and contribute to the development of Indian cricket. Earlier, he was successful in persuading the current head coach of the Indian cricket team, Rahul Dravid, for the post.
Not only Ganguly, but many BCCI officials including secretary Jay Shah wanted him to serve as the president of the National Cricket Academy.
“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 working together and taking Indian cricket forward. Nothing like having former cricketers coming on board to help produce the next generation of stars,” the BCCI had stated.
Laxman has already quit from his role as mentor of IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad and will also not be part of any commentary panel or write columns for newspapers to avoid conflict of interest clause violation.
It is understood that Laxman’s appointment will come into effect before the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), scheduled to be held in Kolkata on December 4.
Laxman had initially declined the BCCI’s offer as he was reluctant to shift base from Hyderabad as the NCA job will require him to stay in Bengaluru for a minimum of 200 days.
The two stalwarts of Indian cricket – Laxman and Dravid – will now work in tandem as the BCCI wants a smooth co-ordination between the India chief coach and the NCA head. VVS Laxman is a batting marketing consultant for Bengal in home cricket and can also be a workforce mentor for SunRisers Hyderabad within the Indian Premier League. Along with this, the 46-year-old is thought to be one of many biggest Indian batsmen of all time, scoring 8781 runs in 134 matches with 17 centuries.