The cricket advisory committee appointed by BCCI on Monday to guide young talent includes cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, but, surprisingly, is without the ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid. BCCI claims that Rahul Dravid declined to join the advisory committee because of his other commitments, reports Hindustan Times.
Given the former India skipper’s standing in the game and his successful stint as Rajasthan Royals’ mentor, Dravid is more than qualified to be among the advisors. According to BCCI officials, Dravid may have declined it for reasons other than cricket. Officials said:
“It seems he (Dravid) isn’t comfortable working with Sourav. That’s why his name isn’t on the list. A cricketer like him wouldn’t want to be involved in a battle of egos”
Ganguly and Dravid debuted in the 1996 Lord’s Test and were great middle-order batsmen and captains, but didn’t share the best of relationships
Last year, Ganguly was quoted as saying that Dravid had said he knew about Greg Chappell’s plans to remove him and make Tendulkar skipper again and admitting to not being able to control the Australian. Dravid denied having such a conversation with Ganguly.
Monday’s announcement rules out Ganguly taking over as India coach or performance manager. The BCCI statement did not make any mention of Dravid.