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Saturday June 15, 2024

Report claims Gautam Gambhir poised to become India's next head coach

Gautam Gambhir has emerged as the leading candidate to fill in Rahul Dravid's shoes

By Sports Desk
May 29, 2024
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah (left) poses next to KKRs team mentor Gautam Gambhir at the end of the IPL match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on May 26, 2024. — AFP
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah (left) poses next to KKR's team mentor Gautam Gambhir at the end of the IPL match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on May 26, 2024. — AFP

Former Indian batter Gautam Gambhir is poised to become Indian cricket team's next head coach owing to the ongoing negotiations with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), reported Cricbuzz.

Gambhir has emerged as a leading candidate for the new head coach as Rahul Dravid, who currently holds the said post and whose tenure will expire with the T20 World Cup 2024, is unlikely to reapply for the key role.

The Cricbuzz report indicates that the BCCI and Gautam Gambhir are in discussions, with negotiations ongoing on various aspects.

Although there is no official confirmation yet, Gambhir is likely to have applied for the role of head coach — for which the deadline of application submission was May 27.

"Both the BCCI and Gambhir share the belief that 'we must do it for the country.' And the conversation between [BCCI Secretary] Jay Shah and Gambhir is understood to be centred around this idea," the report said.

It has come to light that a prominent Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise owner, who maintains close ties with the BCCI high-ups, has already confirmed Gambhir’s appointment as the head coach of India, declaring it a done deal with an official announcement coming soon.

On the other hand, a well-known commentator, who is also closely connected to the BCCI's activities, stated that efforts are underway to bring Gambhir on board as the head coach of the team. The former India cricketer was also observed conversing with Shah following the IPL final.

Gambhir has informed his close associates that he is contemplating accepting the position of the Indian head coach.

Even Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) co-owner Shah Rukh Khan is aware of this development, although there has not been any official confirmation so far.

It is to be noted that Gambhir served as a mentor for KKR in the 2024 IPL edition and saw the side winning the coveted trophy. He had previously led the franchise to two IPL titles as captain in 2012 and 2014.