Dravid may miss under-19 tour

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There may soon be a debate about the rationality of making Rahul Dravid coach of both the India `A’ and Under-19 teams. It has emerged that despite having his contract extended by two years as the U-19 coach for a handsome amount of Rs 4.5 CR per annum, the batting legend will not accompany the Colts on their tour to England, which begins from July 15. This is because Dravid will be with the India ‘A’ team for its tour to South Africa, which too will take place in mid-July.

The India `A’ team, also coached by Dravid, will play two four-day games and a one-day tri-series in South Africa. Dravid will, however, “supervise” the pre-tour camp for the Colts, which begins in Bangalore from Tuesday. “We’ll appoint a coach in place of Dravid for the India U-19 team,” a top BCCI official told on Monday .

No clarity on U-19 coaching staff

The camp for the India juniors, will, however, begin without the assistant coaches of the team – Paras Mhambrey (bowling) and Abhay Sharma (fielding). “Everyone will have to get their conflict of interest issues cleared before they sign contracts with us, and we’ll give everyone a 12-month contract now,” informed the source. Sharma, too, would have to quit as Himachal Pradesh coach in order to continue as the India A fielding coach. It practically means that with less than a fortnight to go before the Colts depart for England, there’s still ambiguity on the entire support staff which will travel to England with the team.

“We’ll soon announce the entire coaching staff for the England trip,” assured the official, while making it clear that there will be a physio, trainer and video analyst to assist Dravid during the camp.

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