Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI president, has announced the nomination of VVS Laxman as the chief of National Cricket Academy (NCA) Bangalore, after successfully persuading former cricketer Rahul Dravid to take up the coaching duties of the senior men’s team India.
Dravid was previously the head of NCA, however the role became vacant following his appointment as India’s head coach. After India’s “A” tour to South Africa later this month, Laxman is expected to take over as captain.
The National Cricket Academy’s new director will be VVS Laxman. Sourav Ganguly, the President of India’s Board of Control for Cricket, verified this on Sunday. When questioned by ANI whether Laxman will become the president of the NCA, the BCCI chief said affirmatively. Ganguly persuaded Laxman to take over as President of the National Cricket Academy just a few days ago. Former NCA chief Rahul Dravid was recently hired as the national cricket team’s head coach, and Laxman will take his place.
Sourav Ganguly, the current President of the BCCI and a former India captain, has always underlined the importance of former cricketers coming forward and contributing to the development of Indian cricket. He had previously succeeded in persuading Rahul Dravid, the current Indian cricket team’s head coach, to accept the position. Not only Ganguly, but several BCCI executives, including secretary Jay Shah, wanted him to be president of the National Cricket Academy in order to elevate Laxman to the position of NCA president.
“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 had stated.
To avoid violating the conflict of interest clause, Laxman has already resigned as the coach of IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad. He will also not participate in any commentary panels or write columns for newspapers.
Laxman’s appointment is expected to take effect before the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will be held in Kolkata on December 4.
Laxman first turned down the BCCI’s offer because he didn’t want to leave Hyderabad, and the NCA post would require him to stay in Bengaluru for at least 200 days.
The BCCI wants a flawless co-ordination between the India top coach and the NCA director, therefore the two stalwarts of Indian cricket, Laxman and Dravid, will now work together.
VVS Laxman is a batting advisor for Bengal in domestic cricket, as well as a team coach for SunRisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. In addition, the 46-year-old is regarded as one of India’s most powerful figures. Look at the list of all-time batsmen, with 8781 runs scored in 134 matches and 17 hundreds.