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Rahul Dravid caught between country vs franchise conflict

According to new contract, Rahul Dravid has to choose between BCCI and IPL.

By Rashmi Nanda -

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to implement a new annual contract for its coaches, support staff and physiotherapist. According to which, India Under-19 and India ‘A’ coach Rahul Dravid will have to select one between the country and the franchise from the next season.

The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has mandated that Indian cricket board will offer 12-month contracts in place of 10-month contract from next season in order to avoid conflict of interest issues.

According to the current arrangements of the BCCI, former Indian captain Rahul Dravid had to serve the Indian board for 10 months (Rs 2.62 crore), and the remaining two months had to provide his services in the IPL. But now the legendary Indian batsman cannot provide his dual services, as per new terms.

The similar rules will be applied for the senior Indian team’s support staff, who also were involved dual services, which includes Sanjay Bangar (batting coach), R Sridhar (fielding coach) and physiotherapist Patrick Farhart and Andrew Leipus, chief physio at the National Cricket Academy.

Sridhar was part of Kings XI Punjab; Leipus was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders backroom; and, Farhart was attached to Mumbai Indians in the last season of the Indian Premier League.

According to the reports of The Indian Express, Rahul Dravid is fine with the 12-month contract, but his contract terms would have to be renegotiated.

A BCCI source stated, “We will pay him what he (Dravid) is getting in the IPL. By having 12 months of his services, we can add responsibilities, maybe at the NCA where zonal camps happen during the IPL. The BCCI doesn’t want another conflict of interest issue raised now, especially when the CoA is overseeing the board’s affairs. The new contract will not only be for Dravid but also for the support staff.”