Former ace spinner Anil Kumble has been appointed as the head coach of Indian cricket Team. Kumble’s was picked by the BCCI as its top choice from the array of names including Ravi Shastri and former all-rounder Praveen Amre. Anil Kumble has been appointed for the period of one year.
Making the much-awaited announcement BCCI chief Anurag Thakur said, “India has the largest cricket fan base all around the world, our economy is doing well too…we certainly can afford and deserve to have the best.”
The 49-year-old is the third highest wicket taker in the history of Test cricket – after Muttiah Muralitaharan and Shane Warne. He also holds a world record claiming ten wickets in a single test inning. The twirler had achieved this glorious feat against the arch-rivals Pakistan at Ferozshah Kotla in Februray 1999.
The high-profile cricket advisory committee, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman had submitted its final report to the BCCI on the appointment of a new India coach during the Board’s working committee meeting in Dharamsala.
Anil Kumble, who also served as the captain of team India from November 2007 to March 2008, ex-India cricketers Pravin Amre and Lalchand Rajput on Tuesday made their respective presentations before the cricket advisory committee in Kolkata.
After another round of deliberations to evaluate the candidates, the committee decided to submit its report to BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke.
According to the reports, former India team director Ravi Shastri, who is the other high profile candidate, was away and was interviewed via video conference.
The BCCI, after putting out an advertisement on its website, had received 57 applications from both India and abroad and the list was trimmed to 21.
Anil Kumble, Amre and Rajput met Ganguly, Laxman and Tendulkar, who joined via video conference from London, while former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale — the ‘coordinator’ of the selection process — assisted the trio.
(With inputs from the Agencies)