Rahul Dravid, former Indian captain and coach of India Under-19 and 'A' teams has recommended to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that young cricketers should be trained in order to obtain employment in case their cricket careers fail to take off. Dravid made the suggestion considering the high drop-outs rates of cricketers in the age group of 18-21. ‘Hardik Pandya And KL Rahul can Still be Role Models,’ Feels India Former Captain and U-19 Coach Rahul Dravid Post KWK 6 Controversy.
According to the Times of India, Dravid made the recommendation in a recent meeting with the BCCI. Dravid was of the opinion that many youngsters drop cricket by the age of 21, when they think they cannot go any further. And employment for such youth, once they have given up on cricket, is a major challenge faced by them. Rahul Dravid Reacts on Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul KWK 6 Controversy; Says ‘Let’s Not Overreact Please’.
Therefore, Dravid and the BCCI mulled about training and providing "life-skills" to cricketers in the age group of 17-21. National Cricket Academy (NCA) COO Tufan Ghosh was quoted saying by TOI that the Board and the NCA are working in the direction of framing a plan as per which they can provide young cricketers with alternative careers along with life skills as suggested by Rahul Dravid. Rahul Dravid Birthday Wishes & WhatsApp Messages: Send Greetings to The Wall on His 46th Birthday With These Sweet Quotes on Facebook and Twitter!
Dravid said in the meeting that many youngsters are lured into cricket due to the money and fame involved. However, due to excess focus on cricket and the increasing competition, the budding cricketers often neglect the other areas of life. Dravid therefore said that they must be provided with life skills so that they can cope with life and find alternative career options once they decide to give up on the game.