The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) has started its hunt to find a new coach for the Indian Cricket Team as Anil Kumble’s year long reign as the head coach of Virat Kohli’s team will end after the Champions Trophy in England.
The BCCI has invited applications for the position of the head coach from candidates. Anil Kumble will be given a direct entry for the same. It was quite surprising that Kumble’s tenure wasn’t extended automatically as the Indian team had a prolific run under him.
Kumble’s successful stint
In the 17 tests that India played under Kumble’s guidance, Indian won 12, drew 4 and lost just 1 to Australia in Pune earlier this year. India also retained the numero uno position on the ICC Test Rankings. In ODIs, India won series against New Zealand and England. The only series loss that Anil Kumble faced was against the Windies in the United States, where India lost the first T20 by a margin of just one run and the second game was washed out.
The advisory committee of three former cricketers, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, and Sourav Ganguly, will select the head coach, according to a Board release earlier today.
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Kumble was handed the role as the head coach of the national team in June 2016, after he beat Ravi Shastri to the position when BCCI advertised for the position.
Shastri had worked with the team as its director till India’s run ended in the World Twenty20 2016 ended in the semi-finals. He had struck a good relationship with skipper Virat Kohli after the latter was handed the baton in January 2015 during the tour of Australia. India had won test series against Sri Lanka and South Africa the same year.
Although the position of the coach did not have much competition, Anil Kumble’s entry turned a few heads. Kumble had captained all three of the BCCI advisory committee members – Sachin, Ganguly and Laxman – and had reached out to his former teammates with a strong plan if he were given the position.