Anil Kumble to continue as head coach: Sources

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The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman has chosen to retain Anil Kumble as Team India’s head coach, sources told to media. The three-member panel met late night on Thursday and it is learnt that trio, who had roped in Kumble in place of Ravi Shastri, are not too keen on replacing the legendary leg-spinner. Save one office-bearer, who is accepted to be close to previous BCCI president N Srinivasan and is a staunch Kumble critic, the others are against setting a precedent where virtually the Indian captain chooses on who will be the coach of the side.

The BCCI issued an announcement late night which said,” The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of the BCCI met today and examined the procedure with regard to the selection of the Head coach of the Senior India Men team and it was chosen by the CAC to revert to the BCCI, at a suitable time.” This is a clear sign that they will proceed with the current coach.

“Whether it is Anil Kumble retained or any other individual roped in, whoever lands the position will be given a contract till 2019 World Cup,” acting BCCI president CK Khanna had said on Thursday.

The news of captain Virat Kohli’s alleged difference with Kumble has been making rounds for some time now. The BCCI welcomed applications for coach’s post and even a section of officials, who are anti-Kumble convinced Virender Sehwag to apply for the post.

“On one hand, team has had incredible performances under Kumble. If the teamĀ  reaches semi-final or say final, the BCCI would cut a sorry figure if they are compelled to replace Kumble. On the other hand, cricket teams are essentially run by captains. One needs to regard a captain’s viewpoint too. It’s a Catch-22 situation for CAC individuals,” a BCCI official said.

The magnitude of issue as per BCCI insiders has been blown out of proportion. “Virat has never come and told any BCCI official that he wouldn’t like 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. Everybody in Indian cricketing circuit realizes that Sehwag is additionally a no-nonsense person,” the source said.

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