Deadline is over, Anil Kumble not likely to stay coach

As the deadline to apply for the job of India’s cricket coach ended Wednesday, it became increasingly clear that Anil Kumble’s one-year contract was unlikely to be extended one primary reason being skipper Virat Kohli’s objection to Kumble’s style of functioning.

Written by Sriram Veera | Mumbai | Updated: June 1, 2017 9:23 am
Anil Kumble, Kumble, Coach Anil Kumble, cricket news, BCCI, india news, sports news, cricket coach, india cricket coach Anil Kumble is India’s current head coach and his tenure will end after the conclusion of ICC Champions Trophy. (Source: Express photo)

AS the deadline to apply for the job of India’s cricket coach ended Wednesday, it became increasingly clear that Anil Kumble’s one-year contract was unlikely to be extended — one primary reason being skipper Virat Kohli’s objection to Kumble’s style of functioning. Though BCCI officials, and even members of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), are trying to broker peace between the two, those involved in these negotiations say the differences between the coach and captain are long-standing and “almost irrevocable.”

With the high-profile cricket committee of past cricketers, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, expected to scrutinise the applications and name a coach by the month end, the Champions Trophy in England — that starts on Thursday with India playing Pakistan in their opening game on Sunday — is likely to be Kumble’s last assignment as India coach.

“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 said.

“Barring a minor miracle, I don’t see Kumble continuing,” is how a source put it. However, a CoA member was of the view that by letting Kohli have his way, the BCCI was setting a bad precedent. “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,” said the member. Since Kumble’s appointment as coach a year ago, India has won five successive Test series.

Meanwhile, in recent weeks, Kumble made presentations to the SC-appointed committee and to BCCI officials where he requested for pay hikes for players and coaches. But the two issues should not be connected, said an official. “It’s the players led by Kohli who have raised their concerns with Kumble’s style of functioning.”

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    kulaputra kulaputra
    Jun 2, 2017 at 7:16 am
    No one is above the game. I think Indian players can not stomach strong and determined coaches. Both Kumble and Greg Chappell are strong disciplinarians. Team India players do not want to train like professional athletes as they believe cricket is less demanding than athletics. Hence they want coaches who are docile. RCB got rid of Jennings and brought in a more pliable Vettori. It is time for BCCI to stand firm. Kumble has merit on his side. One should not argue with success.
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      King Viswa
      Jun 2, 2017 at 4:03 am
      அப்பா குதிருக்குள் இல்லை Meanwhile, in recent weeks, Kumble made presentations to the SC-appointed committee and to BCCI officials where he requested for pay hikes for players and coaches. But the two issues should not be connected, said an official. “It’s the players led by Kohli who have raised their concerns with Kumble’s style of functioning.”
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        P K MUKHOPADHYAY
        Jun 1, 2017 at 10:40 am
        Yes kohli is a spoilt brat. If he thinks India team can not play without him- is in fools paradise.
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          jithin
          Jun 1, 2017 at 10:28 am
          Kumble is the best coach and being a task master he may not be favorite of players ,.,. But discipline is very important. Above all Kohli is totally spoilt child...
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            Vinod Shankar
            Jun 1, 2017 at 10:14 am
            Dirty politics in Indian Cricket too. 'Bad times ahead for Indian Cricket.
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              thistooshallpass
              Jun 1, 2017 at 7:45 am
              No one likes a coach who is a task master. But as English and world football show, task masters are good for the long run. Kohli is being pampered too much.
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                V.
                Jun 1, 2017 at 7:34 am
                Kohli picking the coach is like tail wagging the dog. Results matter. Kohli has to cope
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                  rajeshdian
                  Jun 1, 2017 at 7:01 am
                  It's bad luck that kohli n kumble combo is not jel ,the results were encouraging ,but it's important that coach and capt ,are on one net,Ifeel Dravid would be the ideal replacement,
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                    bittertruth
                    Jun 1, 2017 at 7:48 am
                    what you talking? rahul dravid as coach ? does he have any temper to control these out of control indian cricketers.
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                      ABHISHEK BAAP GUPTA
                      Jun 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm
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