India news June 11, 2017

Advisory committee keen on Kumble continuing as coach

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Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar, who make up the Cricket Advisory Committee, have been tasked with selecting India's next coach

The three-member cricket advisory committee (CAC) tasked with finding a new coach for India will first attempt to keep hold of the incumbent, Anil Kumble. ESPNcricinfo understands the CAC will speak to both Kumble and captain Virat Kohli in an attempt to resolve differences that have emerged between the pair. In case that fails, the CAC is likely to sit separately with Kohli - who has publicly maintained he has no issues with Kumble - to reach a deeper understanding of the reasons why he, and some players, are finding it hard to cope with his approach, which has been said to be headmasterly.

Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, the CAC trio, met for the first time formally on June 8 in London and are understood to have had "good detailed discussions" on the matter. Also present were BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary and the board's chief executive officer Rahul Johri.

And as it stands now the role of the CAC is a problem-solving one. Only if the differences cannot be resolved will they move on and invite the rest of the shortlisted candidates for interviews. According to one official, one reason the CAC and BCCI are keen for Kumble to stay on - beyond the obvious importance of continuity - is that they believe there is no certainty similar issues will not arise with a new man in charge. The committee understands the "onus" is on them to make the right choice, especially as Kumble was their choice in the first place.

Given the significance of the task, the CAC is not likely to be pushed into making any hasty decisions. With Kumble's contract coming to an end after the Champions Trophy, and India's tour of West Indies starting on June 23, the BCCI was in favour of appointing the new coach as soon as possible. But the CAC has asked the BCCI to allow it time and space to work through the situation, facilitating where needed in arranging various meetings.

The BCCI's acting president CK Khanna has sent out an email to Choudhary asking the interview process to be postponed to after the board's special general meeting on June 26, though there is an element within the administration that would prefer the issue to be resolved sooner rather than later.

The performances of the Indian team in the ongoing Champions Trophy will not have any bearing on the CAC process. With Ganguly and Laxman in the UK on broadcast assignments and Tendulkar also present, much of the CAC's deliberating will take place in the country.

Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nampally on June 12, 2017, 16:19 GMT

    I reemphasise as in my previous input, India need to appoint 3 different Format specific Captains to eliminate such differences between the Captain & Head Coach. Installing a dictatorial guy like Kohli as Captain of all 3 formats has given him too much authority. This is a crucial first step otherwise Coaches will topple like leaves in autumn. There are always differences between individuals. The best approach is to sit & work out the differences via compromising attitude. Dictatorial approach by Hitler, resulted in WW 2. Compromising approach between Kureschev & JFK prevented WW 3. These days everything has become political which allows power crazed personalities to succeed. Centralizing too much power in one individual is dangerous in any profession. Cricket is no exception. In the Kumble-Kohli dispute this is very apparent root cause. BCCI can easily diffuse this with 3 Captains- one for each format. This is done by England, Australia, SA & other Nations. BCCI, Pl. DO IT!

  • suriaero on June 12, 2017, 13:39 GMT

    Having great admiration to three CAC members and they would have also gone through the same phase in their career. Ideal guys to advise kohli. Great results shown by Kumble and kohli combination, hope it continues. Anil or virat should not be rigid in their actions for goodness of Indian cricket.

  • alfaomega on June 12, 2017, 13:09 GMT

    In all fairness, Kumble should be retained until the next set of overseas tours are completed. Maybe the CAC could advice him to take a slightly conciliatory approach although I see no reason for that. Kohli should lead in both tests and odis. We need his fire and passion as a player and leader, especially overseas. It won't be a bad idea though to give Rohit the T20 captaincy. Will keep Kohli on his toes as well as rest him once in a while

  • Eclipse0990 on June 12, 2017, 12:32 GMT

    Just a small question : what makes people think that Rahane or Pujara would make a good test captain? Is it the sample size of 1 test captained by Rahane? Or is it the batting temperament shown by Pujara? Do these really imply to them being better captaincy material than Kohli at this point? In fact, remove Kohli from captaincy and you'll be sending a message across that coach is the boss which shouldn't be the case. Coach is supposed to help players get better, not dictate the terms. It is the same case with Captain. A captain is supposed to make right calls on and off the field. His responsibility is greater than that of the Coach. First blame always goes to the Captain, guess the reason.

  • cricfan5491502214 on June 12, 2017, 11:35 GMT

    Kumble is doing good job but keeping him will be sour too. The modern arrogant cricketers got too much self confidence and they are in don't care attitude. Keep kohli as a captain and coach too. It wil be a new version of cricket coaching.

  • Gurudumu on June 12, 2017, 9:57 GMT

    Where there is smoke there is fire the saying goes. Hopefully it is a small matter that can be resolved - forget the media hype. Team India is in a good space.

  • wpbus13 on June 12, 2017, 8:58 GMT

    Virat admitted that he did not have a problem with Kumble so then what's the issue? Either, Virat is not being truthful or the media is blowing this story way out of proportion. Which one is it? It's interesting that Kumble has not said a word about it.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4'S_SECOND_FATHER on June 12, 2017, 7:42 GMT

    let us all remember that it was kumble who advised young and arrogant Kohli to concentrate on the game after his u19 success and steered him to good path.

  • US_Indian on June 12, 2017, 7:27 GMT

    Even though i agree with some of the comments which says it is the captain who wins the matches on the field- but since this is a team game it is not just the captain alone who wins the matches, it is the entire team as they say a captain is good as his team and team is as good as the captain, you need two hands to clap, that is the case of a coach and the captain. Coach analyses the entire team and sets each one's roles and responsibilities and also analyses the opponents and devises a strategy, a plan some times multiple plans in case one plan fails and gives a road map on which the entire team walks and the captains role is to implement the strategies honestly and play his role and be accountable for his responsibilities and gel with the team and see that each and everyone follows the strategy and plan as devised religiously and motivates and gets the best out of every one and if both work in tandem then results mostly are positive and some failures are there too but an exception.

  • India0130 on June 12, 2017, 6:22 GMT

    The CAC in publicly stating their position and preference needs to respect the candidates who are also vying for the role assuming a fair no timely selection process will be followed. The CAC and BCCI should not create a sense of false hope for the other contestants. This process clould have been handled better. Kumble's contract decision should have come up for discussion 30-45 days before June 18th and decision made on whether it would be renewed or a selection process invoked. In the case of the latter Kumble should not be allowed to apply. The BCCI and CAC are making a mockery of the situation which does not bode well for their image or future aspirations of becoming a stable cricket administrator. Th CAC could benefit from advisory support.

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