Virat Kohli Had Questions On Kumble’s Selection As Coach: Ajay Shirke

saika / 02 June 2017

There has been a lot of speculations and talks going about the rift between Anil Kumble and the Indian Players. The fact that some players are not happy with Kumble has created rumours all around.

The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly last year back chose Kumble to be the head coach over Ravi Shastri. According to former BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke, the present Indian skipper was not happy about Anil Kumble’s appointment from the beginning.

Shirke, who was part of the coach selection process last year, said,

“There had been some murmurs about this (Kumble-Kohli rift) even at the time of Mr Kumble’s appointment. At that time, our president (Anurag Thakur) had taken the initiative and had a detailed discussion with both parties, and it was decided that since the cricket committee (CAC) had recommended Mr Kumble as the best option, we should go ahead with that. Therefore, I think the real reason for a one-year contract was that we would work and evolve, and see how this went, so as to keep the options open at a future date.”

“Let us say he (Kohli) had his own views about it. And like I said, our president, Mr Thakur, took the initiative and told him that this was the unanimous choice of the cricket committee and we would have to abide by their recommendation and Kohli should accept it,” Shirke added.

Kumble was BCCI secretary when he had called up Shirke to express his desire to coach the Indian side.

He (Kumble) did explain to me that he was extremely passionate about cricket and winning and so on, and he would like to take over that position. I made it clear to him that the appointment wouldn’t be based on anybody’s recommendation, that we have a process for it, and he should follow the process.”

“The captain may have a say in it, may have a view on it, but that view — it’s, after all, an individual view, although the captain is a very important part of the team — shouldn’t override the committee’s choice.” he added.