With deadline is over to apply for the job of Indian cricket team coach ended on Wednesday, it is unlikely that Anil Kumble’s one-year contract with BCCI will be extended, an Indian Express report said. One of the primary reasons being skipper Virat Kohli’s unhappiness with Kumble’s style of functioning.
Even as BCCI officials and members of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), trying to broker peace between the two, those who are involved in these negotiations feel that the differences between are long-standing.
Champions Trophy, which begins on Thursday, is likely to be last assignment as Team India coach. Former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman are expected to go through applications and name a new coach by month end.
“The problem between Kumble and Kohli isn’t recent but has apparently been festering on for a while. The early signs were seen at the start of the England series in Rajkot in November last year. Not just Virat, we have been told that a few players are also not too happy with Kumble’s style of functioning. When the captain especially isn’t happy, then there is little that we or anybody from outside can do,” an official was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
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A CoA was of the opinion that the cricket board was setting a bad precedent by letting Virat Kohli have his way.“Kohli is behaving like a spoilt child. The committee should be fair. Kumble has had great results and that should be a big factor when it comes to renewing his contract,” the member was quoted as saying by the paper.
Under Anil Kumble as the coach, India has won five successive Test series. Recently, Anil Kumble had made presentations to the Supreme Court-appointed panel and to BCCI officials requesting pay hikes for players and coaches, the Indian Express report said