Bangalore fame aand former cricket captain Anil Kumble has finally been made the Indian cricket team’s head coach on a one-year tenure, ending the brouhaha over Ravi Shastri continuing longer in this stint.
Anil Kumble, on whom a major road in Bangalore is named after, pipped biggies like Ravi Shastri, Australia’s Tom Moody and Stuart Law and many others.
The elaborate selection process headed by a three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) consisting of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly has interviewed 10 finalists before finalizing the name of Anil Kumble.
Claiming transparency, BCCI President Anurag Thakur said, “We fixed a criteria. There was the CAC as well. They have gone through the process, interviewed and recommended few names. After discussions with various stakeholders, we have decided that Anil Kumble will be the head coach of the Indian cricket team for the next one year.”
Kumble, who remains the highest wicket-taker for India, is a mentor for the IPL teams Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. He has 132 test matches to his credit and the former leg-spinner was in demand for over two decades. He is the only bowler after England’s Jim Laker to have taken all 10 wickets in a Test match.
BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke said the one year tenure would ensure professionalism. “This is the first time that we have gone through a process starting with advertisements. It has been a large amount of cricketing process. It has been very elaborate. There were marathon meetings. This is a professional appointment and that is the reason we want to be in a position to review our decision.”
He refuted charges of conflict of interest as Anil Kumble was running a player management firm. “Conflict of interest has become a fashionable word to use. That has been addressed prior to taking this decision,” he said.
Kumble will take over with the upcoming tour of West Indies from July 9. In all, 57 applications were received for the post and 21 were chosen and trimmed it down to 10 finalists.