NCA chief VVS Laxman returns back to Bengaluru as regular head coach Rahul Dravid takes charge of Indian cricket team in Dubai

VVS Laxman was the interim head coach of the Indian team till the time Rahul Dravid was recovering from COVID

VVS Laxman, the chief of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) of BCCI, has returned back to India from UAE, as the regular head coach of the Indian cricket team, Rahul Dravid, tested negative for COVID and cleared all the medical requirements to make his way to Dubai.

Rahul Dravid is supposed to be in the Indian dressing room for Sunday’s match against Pakistan, while Laxman already took his flight to India last night. Laxman was initially named the head coach of India for the Zimbabwe tour, as Dravid was given a break before the Asia Cup, but then BCCI had to send Laxman to UAE too for the first game of Asia Cup, as Dravid tested positive for COVID.

It was expected that Rahul Dravid will probably take a week to clear the medical requirements for his departure to Dubai, but India’s head coach healed faster than expectations and will join the Indian camp just in time for the start of their Asia Cup campaign on Sunday.


Since Laxman is in charge of the day-to-day affairs at NCA, BCCI asked him to get back to Bengaluru as soon as Dravid was cleared to travel to UAE.

Rahul Dravid will have to make decisions straightaway upon his arrival in UAE

It would be interesting to see what decision Dravid makes on Sunday about the composition of India’s batting line-up because captain Rohit Sharma said yesterday that the final decision about the playing XI wasn’t made yet and it would depend on the nature of the pitch.

While India’s top order of Rohit Sharma himself, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli is expected to remain intact, the team management has to make a decision regarding the middle order spots.


There is one middle-order spot up for grabs in the top 6 and one out of Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik will be picked for that spot, while Ravindra Jadeja is likely to hold his spot at no. 7 as the batting all-rounder of the team.


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