The three-member cricket advisory committee (CAC), comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, who are tasked to find the new coach for the Indian cricket team, is willing to retain incumbent Anil Kumble for the post. As per as ESPNcricinfo, the CAC will speak to both Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli in an attempt to resolve differences that have emerged between the pair. It is speculated that in case that fails, the trio will sit separately with Kohli to reach a deeper understanding of the reasons why he, and some players, are finding it hard to cope with his approach. It should be noted after India left for England to defend the Champions Trophy, it was reported that all was not well between Kohli and Kumble. Reports were surfacing about Kohli’s alleged spat with Kumble regarding differences of opinion on selection matters.
However, Kohli, before India’s opening encounter against Pakistan rejected the reports of him having rift with the head coach, saying they were mere speculations which have been created by the people. Kumble’s contract as Indian cricket team’s head coach will end post-India’s campaign at the Champions Trophy and the BCCI has already invited applications for the position. The CAC trio met for the first time formally on June 8 in London and is understood to have had “good detailed discussions” on the matter. It should be noted that BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary and the board’s chief executive officer Rahul Johri were also present during the meeting.
As per an official, one reason that both the CAC and BCCI are keen for Kumble to stay on is that they believe there is no certainty that similar issues will not arise with a new man in charge. The CAC understands the “onus” is on them to make the right choice and choose a right person for the post, especially as Kumble was their choice in the first place.