Anil Kumble steps down as Head Coach

20 June 2017

In a surpsing move, Anil Kumble steps down as Indian Head coach. Anil Kumble, former Indian player and Captain has been Indian Cricket team’s head coach from an year.


Kumble was in for a shock when news broke out before the start of the ICC Champions Trophy that Kohli was gunning for his ouster, citing reservations about his style of functioning to BCCI officials and then to chairman of the Committee of Administrators Vinod Rai at a meeting in Hyderabad.


Although Kohli denied any such rift between him and Kumble at a press conference at Birmingham, BCCI officials knew that the situation had gone beyond rapprochement and that Kohli had indeed asked for a change of head coach, first recommending the name of Virender Sehwag.


The BCCI officials may have believed that something could be salvaged after a meeting with Kohli and Kumble at London on Monday evening, but sources said Kohli only reiterated his position vis-à-vis Kumble.


It was after this meeting that Kumble, although he had applied afresh for the head coach post, decided to step back. It must be said though that the CAC had strongly backed Kumble’s extension till the 2019 World Cup.


The BCCI confirmed the development on Tuesday saying: “Mr. Anil Kumble has withdrawn his services as the post of the Head Coach for the Senior India Men’s team. While the Cricket Advisory Committee had endorsed an extension to his tenure as Head Coach, Mr. Anil Kumble has decided not to continue as the coach.’’


In a statement posted on his Twitter handle, Kumble said that the partnership with the captain was "untenable", and also clarified that it was only a day before that he got to know through the BCCI that Kohli had reservations with his 'style' and his continual as the head coach.


"I am honoured by the confidence reposed in me by the CAC, in asking me to continue as head coach. The credit for the achievements of the last one year goes to the captain, the entire team, coaching and support staff," Kumble said. "Post this intimation, I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the captain had reservations with my 'style' and about my continuing as the head coach."


"I was surprised since I have always respected the role boundaries between captain and coach. Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on," he added. 


The 46-year-old, who was put in charge last June, went on to add that he brought to the table professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and diverse views. He also stated that coaching role for him was like 'holding a mirror' to drive self-improvement in the team's interest. 


"Professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and diverse views are the key traits I bring to the table. These need to be valued for the partnership to be effective," he said. 


"I see the coach's role akin to 'holding a mirror' to drive self-improvement in the team's interest. In light of these 'reservations' I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit," he added.


Kumble also thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Advisory Committee (CA) comprising his former teammates Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman for giving him the opportunity to serve the game.


"Let me reiterate that it has been an absolute privilege to have served as head coach for the last one year. I thank the CAC, BCCI, CoA and all concerned. I also wish to thank the innumerable followers and fans of Indian cricket for their continued support. I will remain a well-wisher of the great cricketing tradition of my country forever," he signed up.


Meanwhile, Indian team left for the Caribbean earlier on Tuesday. M.V. Sridhar (GM, Cricket Operations) will supervise the team management for the West Indies tour.

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