DHARAMSALA: The Board of Control for Cricket in India has on Thursday officially confirmed the appointment of former Indian cricket team captain, 45-year old Anil Kumble as the new head coach for a period of 12 months. The decision has been announced by the BCCI after a debate during the working committee meeting in Dharamsala.
The right-arm legspin bowler emerged as the head coach competing with 56 other applicants including the outgoing team India director Ravi Shastri. Reports said that the competition was mainly between Ravi Shastri and Kumble during the interview session in Kolkata. At the end, the advisory committee comprising of VVS Laxman, Saurav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar chose Anil Kumble over the former team India director.
Sources said that Anil Kumble’s presentation before the advisory committee detailed about the way forward for the Indian team to become the global no.1 across the formats. It is understood that Kumble’s presentation was more focused on developing the Indian players for test cricket challenges away from home, which seems to have impressed the members of the advisory committee.
During the announcement of the Indian coach, BCCI president Anurag Thakur said, “It was not about a foreign coach or an Indian. We made the process simple and transparent. On the advice of the BCCI’s advisory committee we have decided to appoint Anil Kumble as the new head coach for India. We have faith in his abilities and believe that we’ve made the best choice for the young team India. His record speaks for himself, as far as winning matches for India is concerned”.
Though Kumble does not fulfill two of the BCCI’s preferences – not having any previous international or first-class experience as a coach and also not being a certified coach, he brings with him a wealth of experience from 132 Tests and 271 One-Day internationals, during an illustrious career that spanned 18 years. He also served as the mentor for Indian premier League franchises Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. Kumble had also served in various administrative roles such as the President of the Karnataka Cricket Association and the Chairman of the National Cricket Academy.
The composition of the support staff, batting coach and others will be announced by the BCCI shortly.