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Decoding Anil Kumble's Appointment as India coach

Having gone through his presentation – and before that of receiving 57 applications, the short-listing and melodramatic climax to the selection – why is Kumble's appointment only for one year?

Ayaz Memon |June 24, 2016, 3:58 PM IST
Decoding Anil Kumble's Appointment as India coach

So the decision has been made finally. After three weeks of suspense and headline-grabbing stories in print and on television, finally it's Anil Kumble who will be the chief coach of the Indian team.

It's a massive assignment, arguably the most prestigious and lucrative in the sport, but one which -- I would imagine -- also brings with it a lot of pressure.

While Kumble's choice was declared as unanimous, there must have been tugs and pulls as is inevitable in such matters. The fact that he has got only a one-year term is perhaps tell-tale of

what may have transpired behind the scenes, so to speak.

I feel Ravi Shastri had done nothing wrong in his 18-month tenure. But how to ignore Kumble once he had thrown his hat in the ring? It must have been a massive dilemma for the advisory committee of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, also for the BCCI, when it came to making a choice.

As I understand, it had become a three-horse race finally between Kumble, Shastri and Tom Moody. To quote a famous Shastrism, ‘it went down to the wire’ before Kumble prevailed.

Reports suggest that Kumble's presentation to the advisory committee was fabulous. I have no reason to not believe it because he has been a meticulous man, a champion cricketer, an engineer by profession, and thinks well. Clearly he would have put a lot of thought behind his `vision plan' to the CAC.

My argument, in fact my miff, is that having gone through this presentation – and before that of receiving 57 applications, the short-listing and melodramatic climax to the selection – why is Kumble's appointment only for one year. This betrays lack of faith.

Whoever had become the chief coach, and especially if you have got a guy like Kumble, I would have expected the BCCI to back him to the 2019 World Cup at least. A three-year term would have been ideal because it would allow the coach the space and time to put his ideas, his vision into execution.

To create an environment, an ethos, where winning becomes paramount, does not come overnight. It has to be built up assiduously. I wish Kumble all the success in his new avatar, but I also wish the BCCI had not been so short-sighted.

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