LONDON/CHENNAI:After suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday, Indian cricket faces yet another obstacle: uncertainty regarding Anil Kumble’s extension as coach of the Men in Blue for their tour of West Indies, which starts this Friday.
If sources are to be believed, Kohli apparently has expressed his reservations about Kumble continuing as coach. There had been speculations that Kumble might accompany the team to the West Indies after the Champions Trophy but now, even this seems to be in doubt.
At time of going to press, it was learnt that the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) — comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman — had gone to meet Kumble to sort out the issue. However a patch-up seems unlikely now.
What may now place the CAC in an awkward spot is Kumble’s track record ever since his ascension to the post on June 24 last year.
Since the tour of West Indies last year, India have won 12 out of the 17 Tests they have featured in. The corresponding figure for the 13 ODIs that they have been a part of in the period is eight.
There have been reports that Kohli had met with the CAC — on the eve of the summit clash. During the official gathering that had lasted nearly an hour and also saw BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, and general manager RV Sridhar in attendance, the skipper had voiced “strong reservations” regarding Kumble being handed the reins of the team in the future.
With all this as the backdrop, the CAC may have to tread the tightrope of deciding as to what weight the captain’s opinion carries in the context of the appointment of the coach.
Eight days ago, Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai had announced that Kumble will remain the coach of the team for the five-ODI event while stating the former India spin spearhead’s acceptance and the CAC’s final decision as the two primary caveats for it to happen.
The other candidates who are currently in the fray to become the man-in-charge are former India opener Virender Sehwag and former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody.