This was on the cards- Salman Butt on talks of Dravid replacing Shastri as Team India head coach

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Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt claimed that Rahul Dravid’s appointment as India’s next head coach “is on the cards” and said that the legendary cricketer is a deserving candidate to replace Ravi Shastri for the most challenging job.

With Shastri’s tenure as Team India’s head coach will end after the culmination of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Dravid is reportedly emerged as a frontrunner contender to take up the top job and Butt said it was on the cards while explaining why the former skipper deserves the post.

The reports also suggested that Dravid – who recently coached India in Sri Lanka – was approached by the BCCI with an offer and even they convinced the legendary cricketer to apply for the position.

Butt said on his YouTube channel, “This was on the cards that Rahul Dravid was going become India’s coach after Ravi Shastri’s retirement.”

Explaining why Dravid deserves to be the next head coach of India, the Pakistani cricketer noted: “He justified his role with the India A and India U-19 squads, and as the director of India’s national academy (NCA). He has given Indian cricket finished products, so he will deservingly take up the role.”

He further mentioned, “No doubt he was a great player but his player development program has its own standing. There are enough reasons why he should be with the team.”

On the difference between working with the junior side and the international team, Butt said: “Both positions have different demands. In one place, you work more on technical development and at a lower level. When you come up, you work more on the strategic end.”

He signed off by saying, “You work with technically finished products and discussions with them are of taking their game to the next level. They differ from match to match, series to series, and venue to venue. It is more about fine-tuning players and managing their workload.”