As Team India’s head coach Anil Kumble has completed one-year term with the national cricket team after being appointed as the coach by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), last year, seems in spot of a bother to continue his service for India as the body in consultation with Committee of Administrators (CoA), would be looking to review before taking ‘attitude and conduct’ of the coach into consideration, according to board’s reliable source.
“He [Anil Kumble] has time and again broken the protocol and his attitude hasn’t impressed the BCCI. So, are you trying to tell me that the coach alone is responsible for a team doing well? If that is the case, then why look for talented players?,” BCCI official was quoted after responding a question.
According to CricketNext, the official within BCCI has given a strong verdict by stating even a Champions Trophy win in England won’t guarantee his place as a coach, after significant results fall into the place of India which is topping the charts of ICC Test Rankings.
In the latest development, the official within Indian cricket board revealed board has the right to decide that who is the best in business as a coach, to get appointed when the meeting will be held.
However, the decision is expected to be taken while consulting the COA members.
“[Anil] Kumble’s chances of getting an extension even if India go on to successfully defend the Champions Trophy remains 50-50. Don’t think it will alone have a bearing on the board’s decision on the chief coach,” the board’s official added.
BCCI would be aiming to fill in space by offering a contract for a position post-Champions Trophy, according to the latest development.
The reports further revealed some BCCI members are not happy with former leg-spinner, who has played a pivotal role for the Team India during his illustrious career.
Recently, Kumble opined India has to participate in the mega event in order to defend the coveted title while echoing the words of legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.
“We can just look for talented coaches. A coach is just as good as the team. Having said that, we aren’t trying to discount a coach’s role. All we wish to convey is that Kohli and the boys have an important role to play if India is to win the tournament,” official remarked.
The official has further stated Kumble has further tried to intervene in the matters of the board by getting in touch with the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators led by Vinod Rai as the panel is supervising the BCCI before submitting its reports as per the Lodha Panel Recommendations.
“It is fine to speak to the COA on and off. But you cannot keep trying to bypass the BCCI and contact them for things which are under the board’s domain,” official added.
Moreover, Kumble has been at the helm to play a massive role in India’s success particularly in the Test format against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Australia and Bangladesh.
“A final call will be taken after consulting the COA as we want them to be in the loop. But yes, as things stand now, we will assess his performance both on and off the field,” official added further.
The former captain Kumble was appointed as a chief coach in June as his first assignment was the West Indies tour which comprised of four Tests.
Interestingly, the signing was done after cricketer-turned-commentator Ravi Shastri’s stint while being India’s team director came to an end post-Twenty20 World Cup in March-April last year.