IPL 2013 news January 21, 2013

Kumble joins Mumbai, quits RCB

ESPNcricinfo staff

Anil Kumble has joined Mumbai Indians as their chief mentor, stepping down from a similar role at Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kumble has been associated with Royal Challengers since the start of the IPL and explained that the move was related to his talent management firm Tenvic Sports.

He takes over from former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock and joins Mumbai Indians two weeks before the IPL auction, which is scheduled for February 3. Pollock started at Mumbai Indians as a player in 2008, before taking over as mentor.

"I have made this decision to take up a new assignment based on an opportunity that my company, Tenvic has been offered," Kumble said. "In my discussion with Reliance Group Management (the owners of Mumbai Indians), I find that they have a great and compelling vision for sports in this country, which aligns with my venture Tenvic Sports' aspirations in making 'sports' as the main catalyst of youth development."

Kumble has captained Royal Challengers to the final in 2009, and taken them to the semi-finals in the next year. "I have had an enjoyable association with RCB, as player, captain and mentor. During this period we have achieved most of our objectives and RCB has emerged as one of the leading franchises in the IPL."

Kumble, India's highest wicket-taker in Tests and ODIs, is also president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, which has been closely related with Royal Challengers in setting up cricket academies across Karnataka.

In 2011, controversy arose over Kumble's co-ownership of Tenvic that had on its books several young players who had been part of India squads but Kumble consistently denied any conflict of interest between his administrative and mentoring roles.

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  • S on January 23, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Every team in a scamper to pick best possible players and coaches...for what?...to play CSK in finals!!!!!!!!

  • Hari on January 23, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    @StarHawk (& your ilk) - no one disputes the switch from RCB to MI - definitely his prerogative! Karnataka cricket is bleeding (they gave double tons to unknown tailenders! of unfancied teams). Karnataka cricket needs attention and surely Nero can't be fiddling while Bengaluru is burning! Had he not been KSCA President, no one would have raised any questions! Knowing Kumble of the last 1-2 years, he's not going to give a damn for these questions. And since BCCI is run by these types (only difference is other BCCI businessmen do not have conflict of interest), he'll be groomed into a larger role in BCCI.

  • Sreejith on January 22, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    Karnataka state team and RCB is diff...RCB is a private franchise... Good luck Anil..

  • Sachin on January 22, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    MI needs to do following transfer this year 1) Munaf, Gibbs with S.Tiwary and Zaheer from RCB. 2) Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav with Abdulla from KKR. 3) Kartik, Rahul Shukla & Amitoze Singh with Rahane and Chavan from RR. 4) RP Singh, Suman, Ojha with Dhawan and Duminy from Sunrisers Hyderabad. 5) Franklin and Johnson with D.Bravo CSK. And finally buy Nayar, Starc, Hazelwood, Cutting, de Kock in Auction 2013. and Include Javed Khan, Shardul Thakur, Ishwar Pandey, Saxena from domestic cricuit to add all of the above with Sachin, Rayudu, Rohit, Pollard, Malinga, Nechim, Kulkarni, Tare, Marathe, H.Singh.

  • Prince on January 22, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    The only thing that matters is who is going to play CSK in the final! Kumble can joing where ever he wants, but with Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Vijay, Du plessis etc firing on all cylinders, there is little chance for any other teams!!

  • Star on January 22, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    @ Those who are preaching about money....if you got a better offer for a better job, wouldn't you leave as well?? RCB is a bit of a mess whether its the pool of players or the owners. Not just the mess with Kingfisher, also there were a lot of controversies last year surrounding the team as well. Maybe Kumble wanted to move on from all these distractions. Also, if you got a bigger payday somewhere else, who wouldn't say NO to it?? I'm sure none of these guys complaining about "money rules" would stick to their job if another place offers them a better payday. Grow up guys!

  • Gururaj on January 22, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    I was very disappointed with the decision of Anil Kumble to move over to Mumbai Indians jettisoning RCB to further his business interest. Having known Anil for the last few decades, I did not expect this kind of turn around being the President of KSCA. He should have kept his business interest aside and concentrated on development of cricket in Karnataka by furthering his relation with RCB. To say the least, I did not expect this from a gentleman cricketer like Anil Kumble. I wish he would learn from Bill Gates.

  • S on January 22, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Bangalore surely going to win this IPL.. Thalapathy07 ..ha ha..

  • S on January 22, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    RCB also going to be purchased by Chennai company like Deccan..CSK rocks and will win this year IPL like always!!!!!

  • Jay on January 22, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    An opportunist. We don't expect this from someone like Kumble. How can he be the President of KSCA which by the way will be the home ground of RCB and then root for Mumbai Indians when they are playing in Bangalore against RCB. RCB may just be a franchise but to the common cricketer follower from Bangalore, it is a Bangalore team who they passionately follow and support. Kumble will lose all respect. Kumble is just following the money here and not his heart or brain.

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