Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has been interviewed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the position of head coach of the men’s senior team. If appointed, Gambhir will not join the national team on their upcoming tour of Zimbabwe. Gambhir is expected to replace the outgoing head coach Rahul Dravid after the ICC T20 World Cup concludes.

Rahul Dravid has already confirmed that he will not seek to renew his tenure as head coach, with the T20 World Cup being his final assignment. Following the World Cup, India is scheduled to tour Zimbabwe for a five-match T20I series in July. During this tour, it is anticipated that the management will rest several key players. Gambhir, however, will not be traveling with the team to Zimbabwe if he assumes the head coach role.

Reports from PTI indicate that VVS Laxman, head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), will step in to accompany the Indian squad for the Zimbabwe series, along with his support staff. The BCCI is expected to announce the T20I squad later this week, focusing on standout performers from the IPL 2024. Either Suryakumar Yadav or Hardik Pandya is likely to captain the team for this series.

“There is a possibility that Laxman along with some of the NCA coaches will travel with the new look squad to Zimbabwe. Laxman and the NCA team has always filled up whenever Rahul Dravid and the first team coaches have been taken periodic breaks during their stint,” a BCCI source told PTI.

In terms of Gambhir’s appointment, he is seen as the frontrunner, surpassing former women’s team head coach WV Raman. Sources suggest that Gambhir’s appointment is almost certain, with an official announcement expected soon. Gambhir’s coaching tenure is set to begin with the upcoming series against Sri Lanka, where India will play three T20Is and three ODIs next month.

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