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Kumble quits as NCA chief

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 12, 2011

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Anil Kumble, the former India captain, has resigned as chairman of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) over what he says was a lack of "alignment" between his vision for the NCA and the rest of the committee's.

An official statement from the BCCI for the reasons for Kumble's decision is awaited. He is tipped to be replaced, at least on an interim basis, by MP Pandove, the chairman of the BCCI's specialised academies committee and a member of the IPL governing council.

"I had a three-year vision, a holistic approach for the NCA that was not in alignment with that of the rest of the committee," Kumble told ESPNcricinfo. "It didn't make sense to me to just be a figurehead in this kind of a situation. So I thought it was better that somebody else take over." In his role as chairman, Kumble told PTI, he had made 10 presentations to the committee about his vision for the NCA.

The NCA committee, as listed on website, is made up of 14 members including Kumble. The other committee members are BCCI president N Srinivasan, joint secretaries Sanjay Jagdale and Anurag Thakur, treasurer Ajay Shirke, chief-administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty, vice-chairman Ranjib Biswal, NCA Board members Anirudh Chaudhry, TC Mathew, Rakesh Parikh, Bikash Baruah and Gyanendra Pandey, director, NCA cricket operations Sandeep Patil and administration manager AK Jha.

Kumble is president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) and chief mentor of the Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL team. The post of NCA chairman, an honorary post, was Kumble's first official BCCI position since being elected KSCA president last year. He denied that his decision to quit a day after an NCA meeting in Chennai was due to arguments in Monday's BCCI working committee meeting over apparent conflict of interest issues concerning him. Board rules require that any resignation must be tabled before a working committee.

Two months ago, controversy arose over Kumble's co-ownership of a talent management firm called Tenvic that has on its books several young players including R Vinay Kumar and S Aravind, both of whom have been part of recent India squads and also play for the Royal Challengers. Tenvic - named after Kumble's ten-wicket haul against Pakistan in 1999 - looks after the commercial interests of the players but Kumble has consistently denied any conflict of interest between his administrative and mentoring roles.

He said at the time that "less than 2%" of Tenvic's business was related to "mentoring cricketers", and that too without any commercial benefit.


An opportunity lost

Anil Kumble's resignation from the post of NCA chairman has only strengthened Indian cricket's status quo. By suggesting changes to the NCA structures, Kumble walked into no-man's land. There is little doubt that Indian cricket needs to alter, streamline and professionalise its injury-management system, a fact reflected by repeated selectoral faux pas. BCCI posts are largely figurehead positions; power and decision-making rest in the hands of very few. For the BCCI to accept what Kumble was offering, even in theory and irrespective of cost, required humility and recognition that their status quo required changing.
Kumble could have been the best man for this job, based on his experience, work ethic and empathy of player hardship. In an ideal world, Kumble should have been the NCA's fully-paid professional CEO. It would, however, have made his KSCA position untenable and shrunk his real influence. As much contempt as he may have for the BCCI's functionaries today, it is only by working with them that he will wrestle change out of the status quo. A seasoned policy wonk would have told Kumble that in this high-profile BCCI post the wickets do not fall easily. Patience and persistence, his strengths as a bowler, needed buffeting by new skills of negotiation, diplomacy and an acceptance that progress will come not in sessions or in days but in years. It would seem both sides have lost this one. - Sharda Ugra

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Posted by Naresh28 on (December 15, 2011, 14:47 GMT)


Posted by here2rock on (December 14, 2011, 5:03 GMT)

Crickters and politicians can not mix! It is a sad for Indian cricket.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2011, 0:34 GMT)

@ Selva Thalapathy.....Please see the statistics before you comment.For your kind information, even in the first 3 IPL's he took the team from nowhere to semis and a finals birth. As you said, your comment does not affect anyone, but his absence does

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 14, 2011, 0:23 GMT)

What a sad day for Indian Cricket! Shame! Utter shame!! Conflict of interest? My foot! Look at Sharad Pawar who has the biggest conflict of interest. It may seem like Kumble has a conflict of interest but hey, he is no rogue politician to really benefit from an apparent seemingly conflict of interest! What a shame that Kumble, who never bowed out to anybody on a cricket field, had to bow out to good for nothing politicians.

Posted by couchpundit on (December 14, 2011, 0:01 GMT)

Very SAD that Kumble had to resign...thanks to old school BCCI goondas.

Posted by SovietRedArmy on (December 13, 2011, 21:33 GMT)

So wait, what was Anil's vision exactly?

Posted by geocric on (December 13, 2011, 19:47 GMT)

Great cricketer like Anil, got him reputation damaged coz you know the old saying "blood is thicker than water" he tried to look after his brother who cant stand on his own legs as a brother Anil tried his best at the cost of his reputation. Sad when hero's turn in to villans all in the name of family bussiness.

Posted by a1234s on (December 13, 2011, 19:41 GMT)

he wanted to use NCA as his cash cow. good riddance.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2011, 14:59 GMT)

this is an disgrace sad day for cricket othere bcci officals dont know how to run cricket its just ridicoulus that his ideas were rejected well i have no words bcci doesnt know how respect its legends same will happen to ganguly dravid laxman maybe not to sachin no assurance of that too

Posted by   on (December 13, 2011, 14:41 GMT)

Back in Bangalore Anil kumble leads KSCA along with enthusiastic veterans like Srinath, Venky, Vijay Bharadwaj........till now team karnataka is performing very well for the last 3 Ranji seasons. We the people of B'lore always wanted anil to do the best for the Karnataka Cricket, we are proud he has delivered that. But I regret BCCI did not make best use of this talent.

Posted by muski on (December 13, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

NCA is nothing by a BCCI recognized Private Hospital. Guys go there only for rehab and not for improving their cricketing skills. Like we see all kind of opposition to Anna Hazare's cleansing movement, so will these guys most of him have never held a bat or a ball in their life. For Anil to gel with these great visionaries would have been next to impossible. These honorary positions are just to fool people. Why make the NCA Chairman Honorary and pay the Chairman of Selectors 25 Lakhs per year.

Posted by Positive_Critic on (December 13, 2011, 11:03 GMT)

What a SHAME.. one of the few cricketers who actually intends to better indian cricket and now I here this news of him quitting.... No1 wants to notice the conflict of interests of a certain Mr.Pawar..... Blaming a true legend just coz he dared to enter the muddy politics of Indian cricket .... All I can say is its easy commenting from the sidelines rather than act in the middle...

Posted by   on (December 13, 2011, 10:32 GMT)

Kumble is a good bowler..But he doesn't know how to lead..his idea also done nothing to our teams his resignation is good for indian won't affect the cricket in india..

Posted by Night-Watchman on (December 13, 2011, 9:53 GMT)

Look at the ROUGUES GALLERY in the names of the rest of the NCA board members! Other than Sandip Patil, none of the others are cricketeers of any repute. How will they understand what Kumble presents before them? Conflict of interest, bosh! The BCCI president has the biggest conflict of interest issue, that remains just another elephant in the room!!!

Posted by Naresh28 on (December 13, 2011, 9:03 GMT)

A true professional - kumble. If this was Cricket Australia such things would not occur. BCCI wakeup - bowling issues need investing in. India is not tops cause of poor bowling. We are always regarded as second tier competitors.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2011, 8:21 GMT)

What a shame !

A legend who brought many victories without engaging sledging or anyother unsportive skills is beaten and bowled by those who act to know more !

More than his 10 W haul , any cricket lover wont ever forget Anil Kumble bowling with a broken jaw and delivering a very highly effective spell.

So called 'Know alls' at NCA making an issue out of 'Tenvic' is nothing less than doubting the dedication of the great bolwer. NCA must remain with dedicated cricketer like Anil Kumble and if at all let the Others go.............

Posted by   on (December 13, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

All i can say one,"BCCI doesn't have any transparency.No one knows what is happening within BCCI.Some big heads in both govt and Corporate are enjoying evrything.All these are known by Govt which doesnt want to act in it.Firct BCCI should not be allowed to act as a independent body.This is dangerous to indian cricket...

Posted by on (December 13, 2011, 5:46 GMT)

Even if we lead aside Cricketing acumen, I dont think any of the other NCA members even have the managerial skills of Anil Kumble. They are just focussed on making money, even if it comes at the cost of players and game in general. Anil Kumble, along with ex-players like Ganguly, Srinath, V Prasad, Kapil Dev, Amarnath etc. should be running atleast the cricketing side of things. Academies like NCA, MRF foundation, any other speacilaist body on developing cricket in the country and grroming talent of players/umpires/coaches etc. should only be run by ex-players/coaches/umpires. Even some of the first class players who could not make it to the top level should be roped in. They would do a far better job than non-cricketers at all.

Posted by SivaRallabhandi on (December 13, 2011, 5:07 GMT)

This is indeed a sad day for cricket. Are not the People running BCCI holding multiple positions? N Srinivasan, Rajesh Shukla et all are all having so many other roles and they dictate terms. Kumble would have been the best person to run the show. Unfortunate.

Posted by cricconnossieur on (December 13, 2011, 4:51 GMT)

Very sad. A tragedy of mammoth proportions. Who better than Kumble to head the NCA. Look at the other members, there are only 3 persons out of that list of 14 in the board , who are ex-first class cricketers. The rest all oldie-foggies with money bags have been hanging along for too long in cricket admin. Ads to the arguements put forward by the sports minister for his new sports bill. Bring it on !

Posted by Wijeipb on (December 13, 2011, 3:41 GMT)

Yes guys you all are correct. This is happening in most of the cricket playing countries. Someof the players talanted only for the game but not for the management. Once you find a talanted visionary personal, he will be punished by many other stupids. Though I'm not an Indian, Anil Kumble is one of my respectful cricketer who is a visionary manager. Wish him the best.

Posted by india_ipl_fan on (December 12, 2011, 22:19 GMT)

BCCI is taking shortsightedness to the next level. They could not have found a better combination in a person with cricketing experience and admin acumen with vision like Kumble. These guys think any intelligent person with good intentions is a threat to each of their positions. What they dont realize is all their 'power' will be non existent if India is not a top team and cricket loses its popularity. Only honest and hardworking people like Kumble with his vision can ensure we will have a bottomless talent pool to keep the Indian flag flying high beyond the Tendulkars and Dravids... Wake up guys bring him back NOW...

Posted by Rajesh. on (December 12, 2011, 20:23 GMT)

Do not know the reasons behind Anil Kumble's decision but one thing can be said for sure........ Whatever he does, he would be right. This is a man of high integrity who takes decisions with the best interest of the game in his mind. And seeing all the other names on the committee it was understandable that they were not on the same wavelength as Anil :)

Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 19:21 GMT)

Who are these guys at NCA. Besides Anil K, none of them have played the game at the highest level to understand the demands of the game. No surprise they are not in alignment. From the political arena to the sporting one, India is plagued by misfits, uneducated and unqualified people at the top. Retire the whole lot of inept, tired old men and get in enthusiastic, responsible adults and hold them accountable. Why don't we introduce a pre-requisite qualification criteria for appropriate positions, in this case retired, un-tainted, educated, ex-cricketers and sports Doctors? It is sickening to see the future of the country in the hands of these misfits. Let us get a move on and progress. Anil K should not quit. He should make the mis-alignment public. This is a democracy. Let the cricket lovers decide.

Posted by aks1812 on (December 12, 2011, 18:58 GMT)

This is a really bad news for the cricket fans.Kumble was one person who understands cricket far better dumb non -cricketing background dumb heads comprising the rest of the committe.Kumble's vision might have shaken the lethargic board members from their comfort zone and would have demanded more responsibility from them.However that is not to be in a country where i think now the curroption has really got out of hands even in cricket. Hope NCA somehow finds its old glory back

Posted by Sakthiivel on (December 12, 2011, 17:48 GMT)

BCCI is business man game. Players cant align in the management. Thats the best way to run a sports body. Team Selectors, Coaches, trainers can be sports person, But management should be run by business ppl else BCCI would be like SLC going down into debt. Its nice Anil resigned.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 17:35 GMT)

Oh great! The one man of some integrity and toughness to helm the academy gets sidetracked. Now we'd have host of cronies of random 'power' circles with no first hand idea of the game and it's rigors, let aside the moral rectitude to do things without mismanaging.

Posted by ThatzMyView on (December 12, 2011, 17:02 GMT)

Kumble is one of the elite and knowledgeable cricketers i have ever seen.. The fact that he has graduated from RV college of engineering( Top college of karnataka, only very highly meritorious will get admits ) is an example for that, he is superb of knowledge for the game and is visionary, it would be impossible to align his thoughts with some bland administrators..

Posted by rajputvikram on (December 12, 2011, 16:55 GMT)

i didnt like his role and politics he played in influencing players selection..bowlers like arvind and vinay will not do any good in long run...good he left.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 16:43 GMT)

Anil Kumble is epitome of relentlessness. His tireless efforts are a reflections of his humility and honor. The bodies like NCA was a mocking point at least because of its inefficient chairmen. After the lethargic and dubious chairmanship of Ravi Shastri, Anil Kumble was the best shining point as far as NCA was concerned. But then again there won't be enough heads in line with the transparency and respect of Anil Kumble. Plus there was the issue of "Conflict of Interests" raised by many in Cricketing fraternity. But the decision should be welcomed.

Posted by Gansmith on (December 12, 2011, 16:32 GMT)

This is very bad news for the future of Indian cricketers! Very bad...

Posted by Dr.DeepakPatil on (December 12, 2011, 16:11 GMT)

It's a sad day... a person so capable and respected for his integrity and commitment as Anil has to quit. Being a gentleman Anil will give some honorable reason and people will believe it. But i guess there is more between the lines. Sadly truth will never surface. Bottom line... it's a tremendous loss to NCA.

Posted by getsetgopk on (December 12, 2011, 15:59 GMT)

Make that Ninevic as there was daylight between Afridi's bat and that ball and India lost that series so try this name "losers", for such future ventures.

Posted by MothiMB on (December 12, 2011, 15:57 GMT)

Good decision by AK. Tenvic's wards are getting a lot of face time in the national team. Some of their international performances do raise the question of whether their selection was related to AK's position in the NCA.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 15:56 GMT)

Kumble has once again proved why he is called one on the most respectable figure in World Cricket.NCA has recently performing like a hostel cum hospital for cricketers who got injured and rested. I don't see any influential role in NCA for kumble just because he is KSCA President and their office functions in the same compound of NCA.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 15:53 GMT)

I hope no one in the BCCI was stupid enough to accuse Kumble of conflict of interest when Mr Srinivasan's roles in the BCCI and Chennai Super Kings could function as business school case study in just that. But am I surprised? No. The bean counters will always drown out the genuine cricket people in cricket administration bodies - that is exactly's what's wrong with our game.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 15:23 GMT)

Easiest way to get into Indian team even if youre mediocre ,become a Tenvic client .I would advise players like Irfan Pathan ,Uthappa,Rayadu ,Abu Nechim and others who have been consistently ignored to become Tenvic clients .

Posted by khiladisher on (December 12, 2011, 15:02 GMT)


Posted by amitoza on (December 12, 2011, 14:54 GMT)

Thats sad! He is the best possible administrator to run BCCI.

Posted by zico123 on (December 12, 2011, 14:19 GMT)

Kumble has set a bad example, he should have quit as RBC mentor, rather he has put RCB mentor over NCA chief !! such a Shame !!

Posted by TATTUs on (December 12, 2011, 14:17 GMT)

I am sure as shrewd a man Kumble is, he will certainly have something business like in mind. he wont waste time in lame stuff like coaching, unless he financially benefits from it in a large proportion. Kumble has always been a shrewd man, who was involved in marketing his brother and using his status as a player for financial means. No harm in that, but as everybody opinions about Kumble he is not a man of sacrifices and all that stuff.

Posted by agam99 on (December 12, 2011, 14:13 GMT)

True gentleman Jumbo is :)

Posted by   on (December 12, 2011, 13:56 GMT)

If only Gavaskar and Shastri could understand the meaning of conflict of interest Indian cricket would be all the better for it.

Posted by OffStumpLine on (December 12, 2011, 13:56 GMT)

A good decision and exactly what one would expect from a man of Kumble's repute! Yes, there is no doubt that NCA would now be a lot poorer without the experience and drive that Kumble would bring to the table, but with the 'perceived' conflict of interest doing rounds, I firmly believe that Kumble has done the right thing.

Posted by SSPrash on (December 12, 2011, 13:54 GMT)

Finally sense has prevailed upon the most respected cricketer who also is a man of high integrity. Dunno why he took such a long time to take this decsion.

Posted by ugirish on (December 12, 2011, 13:45 GMT)

So sad that a man with integrity is forced to quit a post that would make a real difference to Indian cricket. This while half the people in the BCCI and various state associations are politicians. What happened to worries over conflict of interest there?

Posted by PiyushD on (December 12, 2011, 13:43 GMT)

Blossom times for Karnataka when Kumble and Srinath are at the helm of affairs, Karnataka bowlers being pushed in Indian Team when better bowlers exist in the set up.

Posted by vaidyar on (December 12, 2011, 13:43 GMT)

Didn't he just clarify that tenvic does not look after the commercial interests and anyone who wants to do it can do it happily? Also, let's wait and watch as to the reasons before jumping the gun and claiming it to be conflict of interest. That happened 2 months back. No one is talking about it now anyway! For all you know, he just got tired of doing too many things! Please don't jump the gun. That's something we expect from TOI, not espncricinfo.

Posted by RSBali on (December 12, 2011, 13:36 GMT)

The biggest conflict of interest is the owner of Chennai Super Kings. Mr Srinivasan should resign too.

Posted by arun1094 on (December 12, 2011, 13:31 GMT)

Pretty bad for Indian cricket future.! Kumble is a legend and a thorough gentleman.! His services will be missed..!

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