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Rahul Dravid to Exit as India's Head Coach

In a surprising turn of events, Rahul Dravid, the head coach of the Indian cricket team, will be stepping down from his position. This news was confirmed by BCCI Secretary Jay Shah. An announcement for a new coach is expected soon, although Dravid may reapply for the position. His tenure, which began in November 2021, is set to expire this June after the 2023 ODI World Cup. This decision marks a departure from previous practices where such tenures were often extended.

Jay Shah stated, "Rahul's contract was only until this June. He can reapply if he wishes, but we are open to appointing either an Indian or a foreign coach based on the Cricket Advisory Committee’s decision." He also clarified that appointing separate coaches for different formats isn't planned, which is a break from past precedents.

The BCCI's move has stirred discussions, especially around the new 'Impact Player' rule in IPL, which some argue hinders the development of all-rounders. Jay Shah responded to the criticisms, suggesting the rule is still experimental and has provided opportunities for two new players in the IPL.