India news June 6, 2017

Kumble re-applies, India's next coach before Champions Trophy ends


Along with his CV, Anil Kumble has sent a detailed roadmap outlining his vision for the future of the Indian team © AFP

Anil Kumble will be in the running once again to be coach of India after he officially re-applied for the post - this despite the BCCI having said there was no need for a formal application as he would be a "direct entry" into a final pool. Kumble is part of a six-man shortlist that includes Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput, and Dodda Ganesh, all candidates who will be interviewed by the three-member cricket advisory committee (CAC).

Craig McDermott, the former Australian fast bowler had also sent an application but that arrived after the May 31 deadline. The CAC will assess the application and determine his eligibility for the interview.

The CAC trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman is likely to meet this week - most probably Tuesday or Wednesday - to finalise the process and interview schedule. The BCCI wants to identify a candidate before the Champions Trophy ends on June 18, as India travel to the Caribbean immediately after for a limited-overs series.

Kumble's one-year contract was always due to end after the Champions Trophy, but instead of continuing a successful arrangement, the BCCI opted to advertise for fresh interviews. In large part, this is thought to be because the BCCI was concerned by player feedback on Kumble: some of the players, including the Indian captain Virat Kohli, have said they were uncomfortable with the "intimidating" style of Kumble's man management.

That has not deterred Kumble, whose application was one of the first to arrive when the application process opened on May 25. As well as his CV, Kumble has sent a detailed roadmap outlining his vision for the future of the Indian team.

The BCCI and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) told Kumble in person that fresh applications will be considered once his contract ended when they met on the eve of the IPL final in Hyderabad. That meeting, incidentally, was for Kumble to make a detailed presentation on an upgrading of the contracts of Indian players and coaching staff; it is an issue on which Kumble and Kohli are very much on the same page.

On the field, however, a widening of ways has developed in recent months, which makes the task of the CAC that much harder.

It was, after all, Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman who brought Kumble into the fold despite the BCCI not including him in their original shortlist the last time around. Kumble was appointed despite having no formal qualifications. And the subsequent success India has had in the last year under Kumble will only make it harder still.

But the weightiest question they will have to ponder is whether the the relationship between Kumble and Kohli is "so dysfunctional" that it cannot be salvaged and will instead be detrimental to the side. Tendulkar and Ganguly are believed to have spoken to Kohli to assess the situation, though they will not speak to Kumble until the interview. The preferred option, according to an official involved with the process, would be to not change something that isn't broken, at least results-wise.

"If the divide can be bridged, then that is the best solution because you want continuity if the team has done well for a year," the official said. "You don't need a new coach then. But it has to be something the two can work with. It cannot be a situation where the captain refuses to listen to the coach. The players will listen to the captain. What is the coach going to do then?

"We have asked the CAC to talk among themselves before they pick the best person. There are issues. Are they surmountable with the CAC getting involved and sitting down with Kohli and Kumble and sorting it out? I hope it is possible."

The new coach, whoever it is, is likely to get a two-year contract with the 2019 World Cup as a main target.

Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nampally on June 12, 2017, 18:13 GMT

    @ECLIPSE0990: Coach ranks #13! Perhaps in your dreams. When Kirstin came as a Coach India was way down amongst the world ranking. He made India winners in Tests, ODI & T20. When he left Duncan took over & India suffered a series of ignoble defeats- whitewash in England, Australia, lost badly in the Tests in India too when Panesar & Swann ran thru' India batting like hot knife thru' butter. Mind you this was when the Fab 5 were still playing. Yes the Coach was #13 then! Mind you Duncan was well loved & respected by all the players. Also the Fitness became a major issue under his Coaching- as many as 7 players were sent back home with injuries from England. Kumble took a disunited team under Shastri & quickly knot them into winners of 4 Test series in a row- unparalleled feat in the Indian Cricket History! Guys like Pujara who was dropped despite highest Test average once more rose to the Top - Magic of Anil Kumble, the Master Coach, not #13 but #1 -Eh?.

  • cricfan0353397020 on June 10, 2017, 23:56 GMT

    Anil is the best guy for India coach. If we don't take him as coach someone else will and we will lose his contribution to Indian cricket. If kuldeep yadav selection is the problem ? I thought it was a great and surprising move only because of that we won. Finally if captain Kohli has problem with Anil please change captain.Anyway I don't think Kohli will lead for long.My choice is Rohit for odi/t20.Ajju/Ash for tests..

  • TestCricRox on June 9, 2017, 8:35 GMT

    @ SITARAM ON JUNE 9, 2017, 7:46 GMT - valid point.....but how do you increase the profile of pace bowling in a nation that is fed/hyped regularly on useless spin and batting do you imbibe in the cricketing culture/mindset/mentality/psyche/tactics that pace is equally important, if we are to compete/win outside the SC....appointing a high profile pace bowling coach - gives a semblance of mileage....improving our pathetic pitches definately does-but that is another topic in train the fast bowlers young-they need to have something to aspire to, to look upto...i think that is what INDIANINNEREDGE ON JUNE 8, 2017, 12:12 GMT is trying to say.....and i completely agree .....BCCI we humbly request you - forget the tripe about the last day for application and just hire Craig mcd-you will take one gigantic step forward in forging indian pace bowling legacy...cricinfo - wonderful forum thanks - please publish...

  • Sitaram on June 9, 2017, 7:46 GMT

    @IndianInnerEdge- I dont think Mc Dermott or any other coach can make a big change. You need to train the fast bowlers young.

  •   cricfan6914140044 on June 8, 2017, 14:46 GMT

    India should put more effort on finding some quality pace bowlers. When I see one them bowling, it awkwardly feels like a Chinese native is trying to speak English.

  • IndianInnerEdge on June 8, 2017, 12:12 GMT

    For the love of revival / upsure / recognition / prominence of pace bowling in indian cricket....dear BCCI please do the one good thing that you will be forever remembered for......please appoint Craig McDermott has the pace bowling specialist will do generations of indian cricket a massive favour.....please......cricinfo plz publish

  •   Venkatesh Venkatesh on June 8, 2017, 11:08 GMT

    Any body can apply for this job when rift is wide open & section of the players are disgusted about his attitude the people who are helm should take serious note of this issue & see that things should set things right at he earliest keeping in view of next world cup .No team in any sports wants military regimentation , it looks like that this present Head coach behaving like school teacher of 1942 model who have served in municipal school for long stint & no man management culture of 2017 when this is the case the selectors of this post should give serious thought about this , head coach selection , select a person who can get along every player and delivers the captain advise in this matter plays pivotal role. When players are not liking to have some body in the team who they consider he is having Saddam Hessian culture will have very painful effect on teams performance

  •   Venkatesh Venkatesh on June 8, 2017, 10:33 GMT

    Anand_S on June 7, 2017, 2:52 GMT , when quantity takes over quality these two may become coaches only almighty can save Indian cricket in days to come

  • VisBal on June 8, 2017, 10:14 GMT

    @HamzaSalman: Normally, the coach's position is relatively more permanent than the skipper's. If you look through history of subcontinental cricket (and sometimes other countries, too), you would find several instances where a series started with one captain and ended with another. Hence, picking a coach to play second fiddle to a captain is a pointless exercise.

  • srinivas bhanu on June 8, 2017, 9:23 GMT

    Kumble's services are more required in the CoA rather than coaching the national team. With Ramachandra Guha's scathing attack on the deplorable state of affairs despite the Supreme Courts efforts to clean the mess , a person of Kumble's stature is indeed need of the hour to clean up the muck plaguing Indian cricket. Tom Moody with his stint in IPL should be the top contender for the post.

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