Kumble may continue as the ICC Cricket Committee chief if he wants

Sankha Ghosh / 29 June 2016
Kumble may continue as the ICC Cricket Committee chief if he wants to

Team India’s new coach Anil Kumble, if he wants to, can continue his role as the chairman of the ICC’s Cricket Committee, according to a BCCI official.

“My understanding is that he can continue to be at this post. There have been few other former cricketers who are now performing the coaching duty and still the members of the ICC committee,” one influential member of the Indian cricket board said.

“Darren Lehmann is Australia’s coach and Rahul Dravid is attached with the Junior teams in India and are the active members of the ICC’s high-profile committee. Why should Anil Kumble leave this post?” the BCCI official said.

“There is no bar on him as he (Kumble) fulfils the ICC’s basic criteria of having played 30 Tests and is a former captain/coached the national team,” claimed another source.

However, it’s completely up to Kumble as he may not wish to continue, if he senses any embarrassing situation because BCCI has long been opposing the DRS, whereas his ICC cricket committee is proposing and supporting the DRS.

Also, how much time he would be able to devote to the committee and cricket operations department of the ICC is to be seen.

The ICC’s Chief Executives committee meetings scheduled to be held in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening (14.30 to 17.30 and Wednesday morning (9.30 to 14.00) are likely to discuss the suggestions (made by the Cricket Committee in last month meeting) and put forward to the ICC’s Executive Committee and Board Meetings.

Meanwhile, under Kumble’s coaching the Indian team started their preparatory camp on Wednesday and from the very first day everybody is saying Indian cricket would definitely be well served as the reins of the team have been handed out to a leading figure like Anil Kumble.

If you have to test the theory of opposites attract, then it can be in no better time than this with Kumble as head coach and Kohli as captain. Both look as different as chalk and cheese, most probably making it the perfect combination to take Indian cricket move forward.

Kumble still enjoys the stature and the position in Indian cricket to persuade a young team to learn the basics from him. He has always been there and done that. To be frank, he had to encounter more failures than successes, so he has the credibility to understand the mindset of an average young Indian cricketer.

In the coming days when the Test squad will feature some uncertain inexperienced youngsters and an over the top skipper like Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble looks to be the balm which will soothe the nerves.