BCCI names Anil Kumble as the new Indian coach

Sudipta / 23 June 2016
Anil Kumble during a press conference.

After a long wait Indian players finally got their new coach. In early June, BCCI advertised for the post of a head coach. A total of 57 candidates applied for the lucrative post.

BCCI President Anurag Thakur on Thursday named former India skipper Anil Kumble as the head coach of the national cricket team for the next one year.

The decision was taken after Sourav Ganguly, one of the members of the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) also comprising Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman, met Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke at the ongoing cricket conclave.

Legendary Indian spinner Anil Kumble has become the new Indian coach. Kumble is currently the chief of ICC’s Cricket Committee and also a commentator. He also played the role of mentor for IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.

Kumble’s tenure will last for one year. However, BCCI didn’t announce the name of the support staffs.  Names of bowling coach, fielding coach and trainer  are also not announced.

BCCI later in an advertisement mentioned candidates who know Hindi will get a preference. After this advertisement, BCCI almost made it clear that they will choose an Indian coach breaking the tradition of last decade.

“Anil Kumble has been a match-winner for India and his records speaks for himself,” BCCI president  Anurag Thakur said.  The BCCI president further added, “We wanted the best for India. We, in fact, deserve the best. And, we have Anil Kumble for that.”

“After discussions, we have taken a final call that for one year Anil Kumble will be the head coach,” Thakur told a packed press conference on the sidelines of the board’s first-ever annual cricket conclave here.

“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 about best coach for India,” he added.

Thakur also said that the support staff will be announced at a later date after further deliberations.

“Bowling and batting coaches will be decided later,” the BJP MP from Hamirpur said.

“Kumble will be now transforming himself from a great cricketer to coach, and that’s why he has been appointed for a year as of now,” BCCI secretary  Ajay Shirke said.

Initially, BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) shortlisted 21 candidates which was later cut to just 10 names, and among them, were seven candidates from India and three were overseas candidates.

Kumble’s tenure will start from India’s West Indies tour. Indian new coach appointed one year after Duncan Fletcher’s tenure ended as India lost the World Cup 2015 semifinal to Australia at Sydney.

Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri, and Parvin Amre were the big Indian names in the list while Tom Moody, Andy Moles, and Stuart Law. But in the last couple days, the speculations was going on that the Cricket Advisory Committee will select an Indian candidate for the coaching job. And for the post-Kumble and Shastri was the biggest contender.

Former New Zealand cricketer John Wright was India’s first foreign coach. And then Greg Chappell became Indian coach for two years. Garry Kirsten has become India’s most successful coach after John Wright. Under Kirsten’s coaching, India won the 2010 Asia Cup and the 2011 World Cup.

Anil Kumble’s first assignment with the national team will be the gruelling four-match Test tour to the West Indies next month.