India news June 12, 2017

Kumble likely to remain coach for WI tour

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Anil Kumble is on the shortlist of six candidates for the coach's role and remains the favoured option of the Cricket Advisory Committee © AFP

The BCCI is likely to retain Anil Kumble as coach for India's tour of the West Indies immediately after the ongoing Champions Trophy. Kumble will be given the contract extension if the cricket advisory committee (CAC) fails to pick India's next coach before then.

The decision was taken by the Committee of Administrators (CoA), after consulting BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary and chief executive officer Rahul Johri on Monday.

"In case there is a delay in taking a decision (by the CAC) we will request Anil Kumble to cover the West Indies tour also," Vinod Rai, the CoA chairman, told ESPNcricinfo. Rai said the BCCI would check whether Kumble was "happy" to continue until the West Indies tour, which starts on June 23. India are scheduled to travel to the Caribbean from London on June 22, for five ODIs and one T20 international.

Kumble was appointed India coach in June last year and was given a one-year contract, which ends after the Champions Trophy. Last month, the BCCI decided to invite fresh applications for the position after being made aware of the players' reported unhappiness with Kumble's man-management skills.

Kumble was on the shortlist of six candidates and remained the first choice of the CAC, which comprises Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. Though the BCCI was in favour of appointing the new coach on a two-year contract until the 2019 World Cup, the CAC said that it did not want to take a hasty decision. The CAC's first option, as previously reported, was to try and patch up differences between the India captain Virat Kohli and Kumble.

Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • bhushanB on June 13, 2017, 14:24 GMT

    My opinion - You should first review the performance of the current employee... and if deemed not satisfactory - then call for new applications. The current coach should still be able to apply -- it may be he is still the best of the lot......But if the "process" needs the current coach to be interviewed along side of new applicants....then so be it.... My only issue is...why did they wait till the last minute... and then postpone.... so much for the wealthiest sports organization in the country.

  • CricketChat on June 13, 2017, 13:10 GMT

    If Kumble wasn't assured he would be retained by the concerned, I don't think he would have reapplied and risk being humiliated. So, this must be a foregone conclusion. Besides, if India wins C or at least reach the finals, there would be no ground to dismiss the coach. All of this is for nothing. Just to add a little bit of spice to the on field success by Indians in the last one year.

  • Sreeram83 on June 13, 2017, 13:07 GMT

    The question is, whether India is sending the same squad to WI or a squad of fresher's? I would prefer an young team to make cricket interesting. Otherwise there is no contest with WI.

  • Tanmoy Kar on June 13, 2017, 11:52 GMT

    Kumble is undoubtedly the best choice as Coach for India, Virat has to accept this.

  • Gurudumu on June 13, 2017, 11:07 GMT

    Kumble is a perfectionist and a hard task master. It clearly does not sit well with Kohli and his mates. There needs to be a compromise with Kumble accepting the old mentality of "Yes, Sir" is not ok with this generation. Inclusive leadership is what they seek.

  • R.A.B on June 13, 2017, 7:41 GMT

    Good for the Indian team. Need someone who can give inputs without any concern rather than be cowed down by Kohli.

  • kemukundarajanmukundarajan on June 13, 2017, 7:06 GMT

    This is the problem when two committees manage the cricketing affairs in the country. There is absolutely no professionalism because COA is bound to postpone decisions as it can not accept responsibilities for failures. Some times decisions are allowed to evolve by e flux of time/compulsion If what is appearing in the press is true the guys who are in charge of decision making must show their place to Captain or Coach whoever is at fault. Carrying on with both at the helm of affairs without proper communication is not good for the game.

  • smashingblueindians on June 13, 2017, 5:40 GMT

    Can anyone please inform us, on which date team selected for West indies tour.

  • murali_knair on June 13, 2017, 5:09 GMT

    Appointing or removing a coach on the recommendations of a captain will set a wrong precedent.

  • Cricinfouser on June 13, 2017, 3:25 GMT

    While Kumble has done good work and deserves extension, isn't this an insult of other applicants to ignore them without any interview?

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