KUMBLE QUITS AS HEAD COACH OF INDIAN TEAM
Putting all rumours to rest, the Indian Cricket Team’s Head Coach Anil Kumble stepped down from his position after a widely-speculated feud with skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday. The legendary spinner had a successful tenure as a coach with the team, which has unfortunately ended on an obvious bitter note.
Kumble’s decision comes two days after the disappointing loss against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy finals and comes in the wake of reports claiming rifts between him and Kohli.
Issuing an official statement about the same, BCCI wrote:
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirms that Anil Kumble has withdrawn his services as the post of the Head Coach for the Senior India Men’s team.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.
UPDATE: Mr. Anil Kumble withdraws from the post of Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team. https://t.co/LJB5OOchjv
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 20, 2017
While Kumble’s one-year contract expired at the end of the Champions Trophy, he was given the option to travel with the team to West Indies for the limited overs series beginning on Friday. However, the man decided to stay back in London owing to the ICC ‘Annual Conference’ while the Indian team boarded the flight to Barbados.
An alleged rift between Kumble and captain Kohli had been doing the rounds for several weeks now. Multiple meetingW to resolve the differences bore no fruits as the skipper had apparently made it clear that his relationship with the coach had reached a dead end.
Kumble decided to step down from the role on his own and made a Twitter announcement about the same, stating that the captain had reservations with his style.
Here’s the complete statement.
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. 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 had always respected the 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.
Kumble further added,
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. 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. 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 of Indian cricket for their continued support. I will remain a well-wisher of the great cricketing tradition of my country forever.
Thank you! pic.twitter.com/eF5qVzdBRj
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 20, 2017
It is worth mentioning that Kumble’s association with the team was quite a successful one. The team reached the summit of the ICC Test rankings under him, beating West Indies, New Zealand, England, Australia and Bangladesh. They also won the accompanying limited overs series and ended the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy 2017 as runners-up to Pakistan.
Respecting Kumble’s decision, BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said that Indian cricket needs the man’s continued contribution in various capacities and wished him good luck in his future endeavour,
We wish to place on record our sincere appreciation for the immense contribution by Anil Kumble to the team which enabled India to attain the No.1 Test position.
Now while the Indian team will be playing against West Indies without a coach, BCCI appointed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will be actively looking for a name to fill in Kumble’s role.