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Dravid unlikely to coach India U-23 at ACC Emerging Trophy

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A and U-19 coach Rahul Dravid will not be in charge of the U-23 squad that will be taking part in the Asian Cricket Council's Emerging Trophy scheduled to be held in from March 25 to April 5.

While Dravid has been the coach of all junior national teams but has decided that it will allow the former captain to join his franchise Daredevils, who will start with their camp in capital tentatively on March 28.

Technically, Dravid is well within his rights to join his franchise as all Indian support staff's contracts end on March 31 while the Emerging Trophy will end on April 5.

April and May are the two months when any support staff -- be it coach, physio or trainer are free to offer their professional expertise to other sporting entities or to be precise franchises.

The starts on April 5 and has exempted all players from the Emerging Cup.

The tournament has provision to include four senior international players for the Test playing nation but with round the corner, could not have released the top two rungs of players, all of whom have contracts.

According to well-placed sources in the BCCI, in all likelihood the National Cricket Academy coaches, WV Raman OR Narendra Hirwani will be in-charge of the team during the 10-day limited overs tournament.

"The Emerging team falls under NCA purview. Dravid is unlikely to go for this Dhaka meet. We have our NCA coaches and from among them we will select the coach for the U-23 team," a senior official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

Only those domestic performers with no contracts have been selected for the tourney. The likes of Prithvi Shaw, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Mayank Dagar are considered to be the Gen-Next of Indian cricket.

Baba Aparajith will be leading the side despite a modest domestic season so far while brother Indrajith, who missed the bus despite 600 plus runs in the longer version.

The tournament features most of the players who have done well during the group league stage of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

The likes of Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan have not been chosen for the tournament simply because they would all be with their respective sides in the pre-tournament camps.

The last time when Emerging Trophy was held, won the tournament with Surya Kumar Yadav being the captain of the side.

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First Published: Tue, March 14 2017. 20:07 IST