New Delhi: Indian cricket team head coach Anil Kumble — whose tenure comes to an end on June 18 — is likely to get one-tour extension while a long-term solution is being worked out by the decision-makers.
It is now being reported that, Kumble will still be at helm when the Indian team travel to West Indies on for a bilateral series on June 20. The reason being given is that there is not enough time to appoint a new coach as Champions Trophy finishes on June 18 and India's first match against Windies is on June 23.
"The acting president spoke to senior members and we are all of the opinion that the matter be placed before the SGM in Mumbai on June 26. Till such time, any recruitment process should be kept on hold. Majority of the members are of the same opinion," Rajiv Shukla was quoted as saying by PTI earlier.
Earlier, in an exclusive interview to Cricketnext, a BCCI official revealed that COA has complete faith in the Cricket Advisory Committee — which comprises of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman — to come up with a solution regarding the Indian coach hot-seat.
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“In the current scenario, the ideal situation would be a truce between Kohli and Kumble, but if that doesn’t happen, the final call lies with the CAC and the COA has complete faith in the decision-making ability of the trio. BCCI CEO Rahul Johri is also in touch with the CAC and Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman will discuss the matter with Johri from time to time. The COA is not directly involved in the process,” he told Cricketnext.
Asked if that means that COA chairman Vinod Rai is not trying to bridge the gap between Kumble and Kohli despite being in London, the source said: “Yes, he is there in London, but if there has been some talks on the sidelines, that is not known. But this is not a part of the COA’s agenda and the CAC and CEO is handling the issue.”
Even 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.