Team India coach Anil Kumble is unlikely to continue his coaching role for Team India. According to reports, Kumble will discontinue after the 2017 Champions Trophy in England and Wales.
A BCCI insider said Virender Sehwag is favorite to replace the Indian bowling great.
Speaking to Cricketnext, a BCCI source said that Kumble is unhappy with the atmosphere BCCI created in recent time. “Anil Kumble is a man of principles and this unwanted controversy surrounding him hasn’t gone down well with him,” said the BCCI official.
Apart from Sehwag, Australian Tom Moody, Englishman Richard Pybus, former India cricketer Dodha Ganesh and former India A coach Lal Chand Rajput have also applied for the job. Sehwag applied for the India coach hot-seat after being ‘told’ to do so.
“We had contacted Sehwag during the IPL and asked him to consider applying for the job of India coach,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying earlier.
“The board wants to go through the process of selection of coach again. Also, the next contract is likely to run until the 2019 World Cup, so even the length of the contract has to be taken into consideration before appointing the coach. We don’t want a scenario where the players and the coach are not on the same page,” said the BCCI official.
It was earlier, reported that Kohli is unhappy with head coach Kumble and his style of going about leading the team. The senior players are reportedly unhappy with Kumble’s training style, as a result, this could be one of the main reasons for him not continuing after his tenure ends on June 18.
Kumble has an outstanding season with Team India. India has won three Test series at home.
Meanwhile, CoA member Ram Guha in his resignation letter to Chairman Vinod Rai said all is not well between Kohli and Kumble.
“The way in which the contract of Anil Kumble, the current head coach of the senior team, has been handled. The Indian team’s record this past season has been excellent; and even if the players garner the bulk of the credit, surely the head coach and his support staff also get some. In a system based on justice and merit, the head coach’s term would have been extended. Instead, Kumble was left hanging, and then told the post would be re-advertised afresh,” Guha wrote to Rai.
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