NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced Thursday that it will begin the process for new applicants for the position of head coach of the Indians men’s cricket team, with Anil Kumble a direct entrant into the process by virtue of being the current coach.
Kumble’s tenure expires following the conclusion of the ICC Champions Trophy – where India will hope to defend the title they won in 2013 under MS Dhoni – which runs from June 1 to 18. According to reports, the board is apparently miffed with Kumble’s demand for a massive hike in central contracts for players and his own salary.
In a media release, the BCCI stated that it was calling upon interested candidates for the position of head coach of the men’s team and that to “ensure a fair and completely transparent process” a nominee of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) will oversee the process of selecting the best candidate along with the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.
The three legends of Indian cricket, said the BCCI, will “conduct interviews and seek presentations to select the best possible candidate to guide the team and take Indian cricket forward”.
Kumble, a former Indian Test captain and the country’s most successful bowler, was named India coach on June 23, 2016 for a one-year period that started with India’s four-Test tour of the West Indies last July. It was the first coaching role for India’s greatest match-winner with 619 Test wickets and 337 in ODIs, and something of a surprise given that he had no prior coaching experience at international or first-class level, which was one of the BCCI’s criteria for applicants.
The 46-year-old was the last of the high-profile applicants to throw his name into the hat at the time and, given his gigantic reputation and cricketing pedigree, this sudden development threw the BCCI’s hiring process for Indian’s coach into something of a tizzy.
Under Kumble, India won Test series against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia to cement their place as the No 1 team in the ICC Test Championship, as well as limited-overs series over New Zealand and England.
After the Champions Trophy, the Indian team is scheduled to travel to the West Indies for an ODI and T20I assignment in July.
(TIMES OF INDIA)