BCCI president Anurag Thakur has expressed the board’s confidence in the newly appointed Team India coach, Anil Kumble who would be in the role for the coming one year.
After discussions we have taken a final call that for one year Anil Kumble will be the head coach,” Thakur said in a press conference.
“Indian cricket team deserves the best coach, BCCI has complete faith in Kumble. It is not about an Indian or a foreign coach, it is the best coach for India,” he added.
Thakur has also confirmed that the support staff will be picked and announced at a latter date with the likes of Venkatesh Prasad looks to be interested in supporting the team in the upcoming home season.
“Bowling and batting coaches will be decided later,” Thakur confirmed. Anil Kumble has hit headlines as he became the Team India coach which has been going rounds since last night with unofficial reports confirming the rumours and the decision was made official on 23rd June as the fans believe that a new era is set to start in Indian cricket.
The 619-test wicket holder has been arguably the most reliant bowler for India in any conditions and had the experience of playing under all conditions during his playing days. Kumble has even excelled in various roles post his retirement as he helped RCB and MI as a mentor and also joined the administration in KSCA.
The Team’s coach role was vacant since Duncan Fletcher’s end after 2015 World Cup and Ravi Shastri has acted as Team director until the recently concluded T20 World Cup.
When BCCI advertised for the vacant head coach job as many as 57 applications were received by the board with former Indian players like Ravi Shastri, Sandeep Patil, Venkatesh Prasad along with few big foreign coaches in the likes of Jason Gillespie, Stephen Fleming applying for the high-profile job.
BCCI then shortlisted 57 applications to 21 and the interview process began with Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman helped to pick out Anil Kumble among the applicants.
Kumble will have his fist challenge against West Indies in Caribbean islands next month in a four-match Test series.