Team India Coach Will Be Appointed Before Lanka Tour: Shukla

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New Delhi: The BCCI failed to resolve the differences between Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli despite its best efforts, said senior board official Rajeev Shukla before assuring that a new head coach will be appointed before India’s tour of Sri Lanka next month.

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“BCCI tried its level best to resolve the issue. The acting secretary, the CEO, they discussed the matter with Kumble and Kohli in great detail, the board consulted the chairman of the COA (Vinod Rai) also,” Shukla told reporters on Wednesday. “They tried to resolve the issues but eventually no outcome could be found out and Kumble decided to move on,” he added.

Kumble, in his statement, said that Kohli had reservations about his coaching ‘style’ and there partnership was untenable. “BCCI wishes Kumble best for the future. Meanwhile, BCCI has decided to search further for the coach. Before the Sri Lanka tour, the coach will be appointed and it will be the best coach for India,” said Shukla.

When asked whether Virat Kohli was the only one who objected to Kumble as coach, he said: “All these are speculations. “As I said, sometimes there are differences of opinion and BCCI tried its level best to resolve the whole issue but sometimes things don’t work. Sometimes it happens that you can’t get along with someone.

“It is not that captain is given all the importance. We give importance to everybody. There are differences sometimes. They are also human beings,” Shukla added. The BCCI has also decided to invite more applications for the post of Indian team’s coach to give the CAC a wide range of options for picking the suitable candidate.

The cricket Board’s move came following Anil Kumble’s acrimonious exit from the job. A top BCCI official associated with the process said that another 7-10 days may be given for fresh applications so that other interested candidates with suitable qualification and stature can apply for the top job.

“Look, when we had invited applications last time, Anil was an automatic entry. That might have prompted a lot of people from thinking that what’s the need to apply when current coach is doing well and is in the mix,” a senior BCCI official said on Wednesday.

“Now the situation has completely changed. A lot of people will now be interested knowing it’s an open field,” the official added.

When BCCI had advertised the post, the last date to send application was May 31. Asked about Virender Sehwag, who is considered favourite, the official said, “Sehwag’s application has no relation with BCCI to call for more applications. In the end, it would be CAC which will decide on the next coach. More the options, better the choice.”

As of now, Sehwag, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus, Doda Ganesh are the applicants. Former Australia bowling coach Craig McDermott also had applied but it was rejected as it didn’t come on time.