Indian skipper Virat Kohli has clearly delivered his message to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of BCCI, opposing Anil Kumble as the Head Coach of the side. Kumble, who was given a direct entry in the race to become the next Head Coach of the Indian cricket team, was earlier reluctant to apply for it but later sent his application to BCCI during the ICC Champions Trophy, to be one of the contenders for the post.
BCCI has given him an extension for the West Indies limited overs series, a news which came during the Chapmions Trophy. A day ahead the final of ICC Champions Trophy, Virat Kohli met CAC and delivered his message that he do not want a comeback for Kumble in him backroom staff, which has now put the committee comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman in a tizzy as if they supersede the current coach, then they have to come up with strong reason as looking at performance of the Indian cricket team, by no means one can debate about place of Kumble as Head Coach of the side,
“Kohli is very clear about where he stands vis-a-vis Kumble. It seems the relationship is beyond the repair stage, at least from Kohli’s side. However, the CAC will now meet Kumble and see if a patch-up is possible. Kumble’s track record as head coach is almost without a blemish. How does one remove him? On what grounds? To what extent should the captain have a say? Also, can we have a situation where Kohli, no matter how successful and brilliant he is, gets a complete charge? Big questions need to be settled,” a BCCI source said.
The CAC is expected to announce the new Head Coach of the anytime soon. There are a total of six contenders for the job namely Virender Sehwag, Dodda Ganesh, Lalchand Rajput, Tom Moody and Richard Pybus. Anil Kumble is the direct entrant in the list. Craig McDermott also applied for the post but it is learnt that his application was received by BCCI after the deadline and was not considered by the board.
Among these, Virender Sehwag is the front-runner to become the next coach of the side as reports suggest that skipper Virat Kohli himself urged former Indian opener to apply for the post.