The BCCI has confirmed that VVS Laxman will be India’s coach for the Ireland tour
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed on May 25 (Wednesday) that VVS Laxman will take over as coach for India’s tour of Ireland, which begins on June 26. Meanwhile, India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, will oversee the senior team for the postponed fifth Test as well as the white-ball series in England. Dravid is scheduled to join the touring squad after the five-match T20I series against South Africa concludes on June 19 in Bengaluru.
On Wednesday, BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed that Laxman will travel to Dublin with the Indian team. A similar agreement was established last year when Dravid, then the head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), played a white-ball series against Sri Lanka while Ravi Shastri was in England with the Test team.
Meanwhile, the former Indian hitter will be instructing in Ireland to cover for Dravid. The former Indian hitter is now the Director of Cricket at the NCA in Bengaluru. It should be noted that Laxman has extensive tutoring experience.
Prior to becoming NCA director in Bengaluru, the former Indian batter worked as a batting mentor for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Indian local team Bengal. He also led the World Cup-winning U-19 team earlier this year in the Caribbean.
Following the conclusion of the IPL, South Africa will visit India for a five-match T20I series, and the BCCI has already announced the squad to face the Proteas. While the senior Indian players will remain on the England tour, it is possible that the same group that played in South Africa may also play in the two-match T20I series against Ireland. Both T20Is are scheduled to be played in Dublin.