The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Wednesday (August 24) announced the National Cricket Academy (NCA) chief VVS Laxman as the interim Head Coach of team India for the upcoming Asia Cup 2022.
The 47-year-old has joined the Indian cricket team in Dubai ahead of the Asia Cup in the absence of head coach Rahul Dravid, who has tested positive for COVID-19 a day ago.
“Mr VVS Laxman, Head Cricket, NCA will be the interim Head Coach for Team India (Senior Men) for the upcoming ACC Asia Cup 2022, to be played in the UAE,” the BCCI statement read.
“Mr Laxman, who travelled with the Indian team that played the ODI series in Zimbabwe will oversee the team’s preparation in the absence of Mr Rahul Dravid, who tested positive for COVID-19 before the team’s departure to the UAE. Mr Dravid will join the team once he tests negative and is cleared by the BCCI Medical Team,” it added.
The former India cricketer has recently coached the KL Rahul-led team India on the Zimbabwe tour where the Men in Blue thrashed the hosts 3-0 in the three-match ODI series.
“Mr Laxman has linked up with the squad in Dubai along with vice-captain Mr KL Rahul, Mr Deepak Hooda and Mr Avesh Khan, who travelled from Harare.”