India news June 13, 2016

Kumble among applicants for India coach job

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Former India captain Anil Kumble has applied for the head-coach position advertised by the BCCI, ESPNcricinfo has learned. The deadline for applications closed on June 10, and on Sunday the BCCI announced that a total of 57 applications from both Indian and overseas candidates had been received.

After Ravi Shastri and India's current chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil, Kumble is the third high-profile applicant for the job, which became vacant after the previous coaching staff's tenures expired at the end of the 2016 World T20. Although Kumble, 45, has no coaching experience, he has been a mentor in the IPL, initially with Royal Challengers Bangalore - where he was captain when the franchise finished runners-up in 2009 - and later with Mumbai Indians.

Kumble applying for the job was a surprise to many in the BCCI, considering his lack of coaching experience. Among the various qualifications asked of the applicants, the BCCI had said candidates should have coached at the international or first-class level. It also mentioned that "it is preferred that the candidate should be qualified through a certification/assessment program conducted by any of the Full Member countries, and currently possess such a valid certification."*

Kumble does not fulfil either of those criteria, but his pedigree as a player is peerless. India's highest Test wicket-taker with 619 scalps, including a best of 10 for 74, he was captain in 14 Test matches with three victories, five defeats and six draws. Among his victories as captain was a win in Perth, which came soon after the controversy of the Sydney Test of 2008, where India faced allegations of racism from Australia.

After retiring, in addition to overseeing his company Tenvic, which mentors athletes, Kumble remained connected with cricket. He is currently the chairman of the ICC cricket committee, which recently met in London. He had also served in various roles in Indian cricket: he was the chairman of the National Cricket Academy when Patil was its director, and also headed the BCCI's technical committee.

Off the field, one of his biggest achievements was winning the president's post at the Karnataka State Cricket Association. Not many players in contemporary cricket had gone so swiftly into administration over the past two decades, but Kumble, along with his former Karnataka and India team-mates Rahul Dravid, Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad proved that players could also be role models as administrators.

The list of 57 applicants for the India coach job will be pruned by Ajay Shirke, the BCCI secretary. The shortlisted names are likely to be sent to an advisory panel comprising former players, which will trim it further. The final decision on who the next India coach is will be taken by the BCCI top brass, and it is likely the new coach will be announced at the board's working committee meeting in Dharamsala on June 25.

Last month Anurag Thakur, after taking over as BCCI president, had indicated that a new coach would be appointed by the time India leave for the Caribbean for a fourth-Test tour in July-August.

*15.30GMT, June 15: The wording of the required qualification quoted here has been changed to reflect the BCCI's list of criteria.

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  • IndianInnerEdge on June 19, 2016, 11:27 GMT

    Please....with all due respect....not him...not any spinner please......can't BCCI do the on real pro-active thing in their collective histroy and enlist any of jason gillespie/craig cmdermott/troy cooley/allan donald/wasim/waqar/aaquib any ex-pace bowler....knowing indian circket our media will feed us with glorious and uselwess batting and spin stats and we will nev er change our psyche and mindset to be that of a pace bowling country...with the results that we shall always be hammewred once we leave the SC....get used to this folks-if we are to compete overseas-read outside the SC-we have to develop a pace oriented mentality....else we will the same wehre we are...cricinfo plz publish

  • bhushanB on June 15, 2016, 20:11 GMT


    I have not checked Kumble's stats outside of India. But his never-say-die attitude was completely missing from our spinners on foreign soils. Bajji gave up on Eng tour. Chelsea progidy Aswin was found out. It is a difficult task bowling outside SC for spinners, but with Kumble you always know he is giving the best, curtailing the runs, at least building pressure from one end - with Bajji (after Kumble retirement), Ashwin, Jadeja they drop their shoulders and appear clueless and defeated as soon as couple of boundaries are hit of them. With Kumble as spin-bowling coach may be he can develop some aggressive spinners like Mishra etc than SC-tigers like Jadeja, Ashwin.

  • haha1 on June 15, 2016, 19:04 GMT

    Good Players dont always make good coaches-be careful you dont get caught out with star names!! Kumble has very little coaching experience!!

  • HDG1978 on June 15, 2016, 15:41 GMT

    Would prefer the Indian team to have a home grown coach like Kumble or Prasad instead of a foreign coach like Law,Gillespie or Vettori. Kumble was a champion player in his heyday and his commitment to the team and Indian cricket is undoubted. Still remember a heavily strapped up Kumble with a jaw injury if I remember correctly bowling in WI in 2002 and scalping Lara and Hooper. His rearguard action with Srinath to win India on ODI in Bangalore on Dussehra day in the 1996 Titan Cup also comes to mind 2 decades later. Having mentored the Mumbai Indians and RCB in the IPL he has the background though no formal coaching experience at international level. Not doubting the credentials of former OZ pacer and current Yorkshire coach Gillespie or RCB coach Vettori,who was playing competitive international cricket till last year. But as a die-hard Indian fan,my head and heart is with Jumbo to become India's next head coach.

  • ovzdatta151 on June 15, 2016, 13:17 GMT

    In my opinion, Kallis is the best choice. He was a fantastic all rounder.

  • IndianInnerEdge on June 15, 2016, 11:55 GMT

    @ BIGINDFAN - spot on buddy, also please read what i've posted below...yeah...we need a pace bowler-ex test pace bowler to bring about a pace based recognition in india...

  • rampant_attack on June 15, 2016, 9:03 GMT

    BCCI!! Whomsoever you choose. Please see to it that he is much better than Fletcher.

  • rampant_attack on June 15, 2016, 6:07 GMT

    @Fareen!! When I say Kirsten was a low profile player, what I mean is he never made it to anyone's favorite team or world eleven. He was lost in between the Anwars/ Laras and Tendulkars of his era. He never terrorized any bowler during that time. He was a decent stable opening batsman who scores 7300 runs in tests (and not 10000 as you claim).

  • Gopez on June 15, 2016, 4:30 GMT

    Amre/Patil should be given preference, especially Amre is most hard working Coach. Pandit is a gap, Shastri to be shown door, he is good for commentary and should be happy with whatever he has got as director. Kumble is good to be administrator not Coach. Also one should add a age criteria for coaches something like limit of 55-60 max.

  • Jose...P on June 15, 2016, 0:46 GMT

    I have tremendous respect for Kumble. Yet I have to state these two points.

    1. Once the 'rules of the games' are set, you have to play the game by those rules. Changing it to suit a particular candidate will be a wrong foot step Thakur will be taking in his nascent role as the Chairman. Sure-fire way of squandering credibility and future effectiveness in that role.

    2. "Mentor" is titular in nature, like that of the Queen of England, where the real role in ruling the country lies with the PM. In both RCB & MI, it was others who did the job, and not Anil Kumble.

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