The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) including Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman has decided to keep Anil Kumble as head coach of India’s Team, says source to NDTV.
On Thursday night, the three-member panel met and it is learnt that trio, who had lead in Kumble in place of Ravi Shastri, are not too eager on replacing the leg-spinner. Save one office-bearer and the others are against setting an example where almost the Indian captain decides on who will be the coach of the side.
According to the reports, the BCCI said in a statement late night that “The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of the BCCI met today and discussed the process with regard to the selection of the Head Coach of the Senior India Men team and it was decided by the CAC to revert to the BCCI, at an appropriate time.”
BCCI president CK Khanna said on Thursday, “Whether it is Anil Kumble retained or anyone else roped in, whoever gets the job will be given a contract till 2019 World Cup.”
The news of skipper Virat Kohli’s alleged difference with Kumble has been making rounds for some time now. The BCCI invited applications for coach’s post and even a section of officials, who are anti-Kumble, convinced Virender Sehwag to apply for the post.
The BCCI official said “On one hand, team has had great performances under Kumble. If the team reaches semi-final or say final, the BCCI would cut a sorry figure if they are forced to replace Kumble. On the other hand, cricket teams are essentially run by captains. One needs to respect a captain’s viewpoint also. It’s a Catch-22 situation for CAC members.”
The scale of the problem according to BCCI insiders has been blown out of proportion, the source, “Virat has never come and told any BCCI official that he doesn’t want to work with Kumble. And moreover, if Kumble and Virat don’t get along, what is the guarantee that Viru (Sehwag) and Virat will be on the same page. Everyone in Indian cricketing circuit knows that Sehwag is also a no-nonsense person.”