India news May 25, 2017

BCCI invites applications for India coach role; Kumble a direct entry

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India coach Anil Kumble will have to go through a "fair and completely transparent" selection process if he is to continue in his current role after the Champions Trophy. While the board has called upon interested candidates to apply for the job on or before May 31, it clarified that Kumble would be a "direct entry for the process".

The Cricket Advisory Committee [CAC], comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, will conduct interviews and seek presentations from the applicants. The committee was also responsible for the appointment of Kumble last year following interviews with a handful of candidates. The interview process, the BCCI said, would be overseen by a nominee of the Committee of Administrators along with the CAC.

Kumble had been appointed as head coach in June last year by the former BCCI administration led by president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke, based on the the recommendation of the CAC. While Kumble wasn't initially among the 21 names shortlisted by Shirke's office, the CAC asked for his name to be included. After Kumble was picked ahead of the other shortlisted candidates, including former team director Ravi Shastri, he was handed a one-year contract. Shirke had said the one-year contract gave the board the latitude to revisit their decision.

"Kumble is now transforming himself from being a great on the cricketing field to probably becoming a great coach that we expect him to be. That transition has to be smooth," Shirke had said then. "This is professional appointment. All professional appointments try to cover all bases. Therefore that is the reason we want to be able to be in a position to review our options should there be any need. I am confident that we will not have that need to address that need. That is the exact reason behind the one-year appointment."

Kumble's stint began with a 2-0 Test series win against West Indies - the first time India won two Tests in a series in the Caribbean. India then won Test series against New Zealand, England, and Australia at home. Under Kumble, India have lost only one of their 17 Tests. India also won limited-overs series against New Zealand and England during his term.

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  • Arun on June 1, 2017, 4:10 GMT

    It will be between Kumble, Shastri and Dravid. Since Dravid is currently involved with the junior team, Shastri has the better people skills.

  • Praveen on May 27, 2017, 19:29 GMT

    For procedure sake, they should have initiated it and closed it in a day to hand unanimously back to Anil. If he is made a performance manager instead, then pls get back Lalchand Rajput. He is with Afghanistan at the moment.

  • sam on May 26, 2017, 21:04 GMT

    Kumble's achievements : 1. Pujara getting back his self-confidence 2. Jadeja improving with bat and especially ball 3. Saha finding his confidence with bat 4. Rotating spinners for LOI Cricket to try and keep the main spinners as fit as possible. 5. Winning every test series comfortably. Kumble's minus points (only one) : The slip catching to fast bowlers and close-in catching to spinners have again regressed to poor levels after dramatic improvement in 2015. I know it's basically a fielding coach's responsibility but if you can give Kumble part of the credits for the benefits then you have to give him part of the blame for the regression.

  • Anil on May 26, 2017, 18:35 GMT

    ESARUN: What should be BCCI's priority while selecting the coach? (1) Making cricket "more enjoyable on TV" to some viewers, or (2) building a cohesive, proactive, almost-invincible, productive and futuristic team that succeeds across formats, across countries and across conditions?

  • Arun on May 26, 2017, 18:12 GMT

    I'd like to see Shastri get a direct entry to the process as well. The one year he was director of the Indian team, the cricket on TV was more enjoyable. Please BCCI

  • Anil on May 26, 2017, 16:54 GMT

    People are reading too much of nonexistent stuff in this matter. Kumble's appointment last year was for one year. At the end of anyone's tenure, the performance is extensively assessed by the employer, and the employer takes this opportunity to compare the incumbent with similar others in the market. That's exactly what BCCI is doing. Besides, Kumble was NOT among the initial applicants last year, and was recommended by the CAC. He was declared the best by the CAC--a very good decision; but, ideally speaking, he did not go through the entire process of scrutiny. That is to be done now. I am sure he will be chosen again. People might argue that he should simply be given extension. But there is nothing wrong in professional assessment and comparison. Dravid is doing what India needs: building the youth. This is a perfect setup. A few years down the road, Dravid will become the head coach. I just hope Zaheer becomes the bowling coach.

  • SHREYA12 on May 26, 2017, 16:20 GMT

    I hope Kumble is chosen again for the sake of continuity. He did make some good decisions (or influence them), brought in some calm and composure and has a good record last season. It takes a couple of years for a coach's impact to fully materialize. It will be hard for the players to put up with quick changes in coaching staff, they will lose their direction. More importantly focus should be on the rest of the coaching staff.

  • tush389343182 on May 26, 2017, 15:32 GMT

    Bcci trying to get rid of Kumble for asking an increase in pay, but CoA is trying to give him a fair chance through this process.

  • Shankar on May 26, 2017, 15:30 GMT

    Continuing on from my previous post, I remember following Dravid at one point in his career when he was frequently getting bowled through a gap between bat and pads on a particular stroke. That gap was soon closed. Apparently he has worked on eliminating weaknesses all through his career. It is a rare player (or for that matter, any other professional) that has this kind of attitude. His slip catching was another, he simply got better and better. So did his wicket keeping. This is the kind of stuff that does not get taught often. It is inspirational to anyone willing to be inspired. If Dravid is able to mentor one in ten young talented cricketers to adopt his attitudes, his job would be done.

  • Shankar on May 26, 2017, 14:45 GMT

    I would leave Dravid doing exactly what he is doing now! Under-19 talent scout and coach. Indian Cricket will be well served if he is left there for about 10 more years. There is simply no one else who can be a better mentor for young talent. What Dravid would add to any kid with talent is focus, hard work, application and continuous improvement. I've followed Cricket for a long time and in my opinion, Dravid is one-of-a-kind in world cricket.

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