IPL 2011 news January 4, 2011

Kumble pulls out of IPL auction

ESPNcricinfo staff

Anil Kumble, the former Indian legspinner who also captained Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), has withdrawn from this weekend's IPL auction, citing business and other commitments. The decision appears to have brought the curtains down on Kumble's playing career though he remains involved in the game's administration at the highest levels.

"It's a tough call but I had lots of things I had committed to," he told ESPNcricinfo. "I had a company to run, I wanted to be involved in other things. At some point of time you have to take a call and move on."

Kumble - who had a reserve price of US$400,000, the maximum possible, for the upcoming IPL auction - will remain associated with the Bangalore franchise as its Chief Mentor. He will be a part of the RCB's senior leadership team over the next three years. "As long as you're playing, you can't really start focussing on other things that you want to do ... It's not easy but it's a step you need to take and that's what has happened."

He retired from international cricket in 2008, and remains India's leading wicket-taker in Tests (619) and one-dayers (337). In November 2010, Kumble won the election to become president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, and had earlier been appointed chairman of the National Cricket Academy, based in Bangalore. He is also the vice-chairman of the state's wildlife board.

In the IPL, Bangalore had a forgettable inaugural season under Rahul Dravid, and started poorly in 2009 with Kevin Pietersen at the helm. Kumble took over as leader midway through that season and helped turn round Bangalore's form, taking them to the final, and also captained them to the semi-finals last year. He was among the most effective bowlers in the previous two seasons, taking 17 wickets with an economy of 6.42 in 2010, and 21 at an economy of 5.86 in 2009.

The IPL's chief operating officer Sundar Raman tweeted that Kumble's absence would be felt. "Jumbo [Kumble's nickname] will be missed in IPL. Been an inspiration for many youngsters."

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  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    Anil Kumble ! one of the greatest that India has been produced.Real gentleman,he is a legend.Well educated cricketer.Suitable 4 the chairman of the cricket India & with the time ripe could be the Minister of sports ...who knows. We enjoyed your cricket on the field, now hope to enjoy off the field too. Although I am a sri lankan by birth, you are one of my favourites along with Tendulkar.We expect from you to servet to Asian cricket elevate to a higher level.Our salute for your sporty declaration. Long live Anil !!!

  • Uma Shankar on January 6, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    I am U.S.Kamti from Kathmandu. Head's of Anil who knows himself. It is very gentlement deceision for the gentlemen game and also for those people who is burden on the interesting game. What's the cause not important give the way for growing & maturity to the young generation. Once again salute to the top legend in bowling line up for INDIA.

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    RCB dint retain him so he had to quit!

  • SRIVATSAN on January 5, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Hats off Anil. Once again you lead with your values. It is so easy to be tempted for a few more bucks. It was so heartening to see an inspired bowling performance in the last two IPL's when most of the folks had written you off.

    Such a sad thing, that Lara has to come back for IPL. What a cricketer but surely the West Indies need him more than IPL.

    It will be a great day, for Indian cricket when Anil and his friends are leading the administration. Am sure there committment would better serve than any commentary or opening an academy which are all money spinning enterprises.

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    ANIL KUMBLE - The great legend of INDIAN Cricket...

    We are missing you ANIL...No one can replace you in terms of your hard work and captaincy.

    ALL THE BEST for your bright future.

  • Ajinkya on January 5, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    Anil deserves a better farewell. He should have been retained by the RCB. Will miss the great man's bowling. Salute to him for his illustrious career! A true genius and a fighter1

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    its a great loss to th rcb team and they cant replace the anil kumble spot with any others

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Jumbo will be badly missed.......sadly we wont b able to watch him play anymore :(...all the best to Anil for his future endeavours....

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, it is normal to not like Kumble... But being a cricket fan it is a SIN to "Not Like" Kumble... and I cant commit that SIN :) ... Honestly, over the last two decades he's been a champion not only as a bowler but as a complete sports man and cricketer. No one of his age, I have ever seen work harder on the field (Of course Sachin is an exception)...

    No that he is no more seen in the Indian side, "Something missing" Feeling always come to my heart... Al Hail to a great legend. There will be no replacement for such a player in Indian cricket for ages.

    Once again Thank you Kumble for make cricket such a pleasure to watch

  • Subba on January 5, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    A great man who'll be missed. He was good enough for one more IPL. But its better to leave as a top star than to face the scenario of maybe not getting the top price in the auction as he has been used to. Some others should take the hint too.

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