Coach-captain feud leads to Anil Kumble’s exit

RSTV Bureau
File Photo - PTI

File Photo – PTI

India cricket team coach Anil Kumble stepped down from his position late on Tuesday evening. His decision came following a widely reported feud between him and Team India skipper Virat Kohli. The former ace spinner too conceded that fallout with captain Virat Kohli was the reason behind his decision.

In his resignation letter to the BCCI, Anil Kumble said that the Coach-Captain partnership had become “untenable” despite attempts to resolve the misunderstandings. Though, he stopped short of listing any instance of tiff between the two.

“…I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the captain had reservations with my style and about my continuing as the head coach. I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between the captain and coach,” Kumble wrote in his resignation.

“Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable and therefore I believe it is best for me to move on,” he added.

Kumble’s decision to step down came just two days after India’s embarrassing loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final.

In its statement, the BCCI said, “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirms that Anil Kumble has withdrawn his services as the post of the Head Coach for the Senior India Men’s team.”

“While the Cricket Advisory Committee had endorsed an extension to his tenure as Head Coach, Anil Kumble has decided not to continue as the coach,” read the statement further.

His one year contract expired at the end of the Champions Trophy but he was given the option to travel with the team to the West Indies for the limited overs series beginning on Friday.

However, Kumble decided to stay back in London for the ICC ‘Annual Conference’ as he is the chairman of the Cricket Committee while the Indian team boarded the flight to Barbados.

Earlier, Virat Kohli had met the BCCI top brass along with Kumble in London before leaving for the West Indies on Tuesday.

The meeting took place after the high-profile Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly-VVS Laxman led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) communicated to the BCCI that it had failed resolve the differences between Kumble and Kohli.

The BCCI had invited fresh applications for the post of head coach days before the start of Champions Trophy.

Former explosive opener Virender Sehwag, former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput have applied for the position.

The BCCI has deputed senior functionary MV Sridhar, also GM, Cricket Operations, to supervise the team management for the West Indies tour.