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Virat Kohli Role Pivotal in Deciding Anil Kumble’s Future: BCCI COA

Baidurjo Bhose |Cricketnext | Updated: June 20, 2017, 10:13 AM IST
Virat Kohli Role Pivotal in Deciding Anil Kumble’s Future: BCCI COA

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New Delhi: Even as the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman is trying its best to find a solution to the ongoing tussle between India skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble, the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) feel that the captain’s stance holds importance because going against the skipper might end up spoiling the whole equation in the team.

Speaking to Cricketnext, a source in the COA said that while the committee has stayed away from the decision process, it is important that Kohli and Kumble are on the same page before the latter is handed an extension because the atmosphere in the team will take a beating if Kumble continues against Kohli’s wish.

“The COA has no role to play in the appointment of the next India coach or in handing Kumble an extension. But, one thing that is clear is that Kohli and Kumble need to be on the same page if Kumble is to get an extension. Otherwise, a situation might arise wherein the players might find it difficult to handle the scenario. Imagine the coach wanting something and the skipper asking the players to do something else. That is a scenario that must be avoided.

“The Cricket Advisory Committee has legends in the form of Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman and they will take a call keeping the best interest of Indian cricket on their mind. Also, they are being assisted by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri. Hopefully a decision will be reached soon,” the source said.

But there seems to be no solution in the Kohli-Kumble tussle as news has now come in that Kohli met Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman with the BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, CEO Johri and general manager MV Sridhar on the eve of India's Champions Trophy final against Pakistan. And Kohli is said to have made his position very clear and isn’t willing to patch-up with the coach.

The CAC is expected to now speak to Kumble and try and find a way out to end the ongoing tussle between the captain and the coach as it is a situation that is best ended at the earliest. The Indian team is next set to play a five-match ODI series against the West Indies.

The BCCI is a bit wary of the backlash if they remove Kumble because the team has done really well. “It is not the right thing to do when the man has given the performances expected of him. Yes, he hasn’t yet travelled abroad, but his performance at home has been spotless. No doubt the captain leads the team and he needs to be on the same page as the coach, but then again, the coach has done well and there is no doubting that,” a senior BCCI official told Cricketnext.

The BCCI had sent out invitation for the coach’s post as Kumble’s one-year contract ended with the Champions Trophy and former India opener Virender Sehwag was literally pushed by the Board to send in his resume. Apart from Kumble and Sehwag, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody, Englishman Richard Pybus, Afghanistan coach Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh have applied for the job. News also came in that former Australia pacer Craig McDermott had applied for the India coach’s job, but won’t be eligible for the interview as his application came to the BCCI email id after the deadline. Whatever be the situation between Kohli and Kumble, Indian cricket has always had issues with coaches with an ego and it could well be Moody who finally lands the job in his third attempt. But then, one cannot really count Sehwag out considering he is close to the current crop of Indian cricketers.
First Published: June 20, 2017, 10:11 AM IST

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