Team India To Have New Coach Before Sri Lanka Tour: Rajiv Shukla
Rajiv Shukla, Indian Premier League chairman, on Wednesday (June 21), said that Team India will have new coach ahead of the Sri Lanka tour that will commence from next month. With Anil Kumble stepping down as the head coach earlier this week, the Men in Blue have departed for West Indies for the limited-overs series without a coach.
As of now, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has deputed its general manager M.V. Sridhar to supervise the team management for the series in the Caribbeans. The board has also confirmed that Sanjay Bangar, and R. Sridhar, will continue to remain the Batting the Fielding Coach, respectively. But Shukla insisted the board has made up its mind to appoint the new coach ahead of the team’s visit to Sri Lanka.
Shukla also said that captain Virat Kohli will have no role in the coach selection. The BCCI has assigned the responsibility to its Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.
“The BCCI has decided to search for the coach and before the Sri Lankan tour, we will find the best coach,” Shukla said. “When the coach is selected, a captain has not got any role in that. The Cricket Advisory Committee has been constituted and they will be recommending the names. After that, BCCI will decide who should be the coach.”
The board, meanwhile, has also decided to call for more applications for the position. It had advertised for the post last month and had received applications from Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh and Lalchand Rajput. Kumble was a direct entry but he decided to quit after finding out that Kohli had reservations over his coaching style.
Speaking about the rift between Kumble and Kohli and how the board tried to resolve it, Shukla said:
“BCCI has tried its best to resolve the issue. The acting secretary, CEO had a discussion with Kumble and Kohli. They consulted the Chairman of the COA also. They tried to resolve the whole issue, but ultimately no outcome could be found out. Finally, Kumble decided to move on and he has decided not to continue with the West Indies tour.”
Shukla also revealed that board wanted Kumble to accompany the team to Sri Lanka too.
“Earlier, the decision was taken that Kumble will continue till the Sri Lanka tour. But he has decided to not go on with the West Indies tour. BCCI wishes him all the best for his future career,” Shukla said.
Meanwhile, India’s five-match series against West Indies will start from Friday (June 23).
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