New Delhi: BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya yesterday reiterated that former India captain Rahul Dravid is very much in the board's scheme of things and the country's cricket would be "incomplete" without the star batsman's contribution.
Rahul Dravid and Jagmohan Dalmiya
Speculations were rife that Dravid had opted out of the advisory committee after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman were named in the panel, but BCCI has made it clear that there is a definite role for 'The Wall' in the near future.
"He (Dravid) is very much in our scheme of things. We have put a structure in place. We would like Rahul to take up a role. Indian cricket's restructuring will be incomplete without Rahul Dravid's contribution. We would want everyone to co-operate in this endeavour," Dalmiya told 'India Today' news channel yesterday.
The veteran administrator however did not clarify as to whether Ravi Shastri's appointment is a short-term one. "It is for the tour of Bangladesh and with time we will add people. But that does not mean that we are going to leave people by the wayside and tinker with the support staff combination," the septuagenarian said.
He said that a new initiative could not have had a better start than this with Sachin Tendulkar in it. "All these legends will have a big role in cricketing matters as well as in selection of support staff.
Have patience as we will expose (he meant unveil) new names in the coming days. We will certainly implement their recommendations as if we don't then, it will be a failure on our part," Dalmiya said. Dalmiya also said that the current regime of BCCI has made a "concerted effort" to ensure that they share a good rapport with Cricket South Africa or Bangladesh Cricket Board, which was not the case during the earlier regime.
Dalmiya also wants good relation with Pakistan Cricket Board. "I want to share good relation with them and all the cricketing community should be united," he concluded.