India news June 2, 2015

Dravid in line for India Under-19 coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dravid had been a batting consultant for a while with the Indian team in England in June 2014 © Getty Images

A day after naming Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman as part of a three-man cricket advisory committee, the BCCI is preparing to announce a formal association with Rahul Dravid as well. A source close to the developments has confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that the BCCI has a "role in mind" for Dravid, though he did not specify any details. It is also understood that Dravid was approached to join the advisory committee but he was keener on a more hands-on role.

"For any cricketer of that stature, BCCI would like to have their services," board secretary Anurag Thakur said. "When the time comes, an announcement will be made. Not everybody can be on the same panel."

While Dravid was not available for comment, ESPNcricinfo has learnt that he is being considered to take over the India under-19 and 'A' teams. Dravid is known to enjoy working with younger players, as evidenced by his success as mentor of Rajasthan Royals where the likes of Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Deepak Hooda and others have prospered in recent years.

Dravid had a short stint as mentor of the Indian team before the series in England last year and several players spoke highly of their interactions with the former India captain.

There was talk among the BCCI top brass to offer Dravid the position of head coach, but he has been reluctant to take up a full-time role. He has a young family and is not keen on a job that requires incessant travel a little over three years after finishing his 16-year international career.

Working with the under-19 and 'A' teams might be the perfect solution as Dravid can make a tangible contribution without placing too much demand on his time. ESPNcricinfo learns that once both parties, the BCCI and Dravid, agree on a structure for his role, a formal announcement will be made.

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