Anil Kumble Appointed as Indian Cricket Team Head Coach for 1 Year

The Board of Control for Cricket in India declared on 16 June, 2016 Thursday. Anil Kumble was selected as new India cricket team coach by BCCI president Anurag Thakur after his name was suggested by cricket counselling committee members Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. The prior India captain Anil Kumble will take the role of head coach of the Indian cricket team for a period of 1 year.

The other great names in controversy for the job were Ravi Shastri, Tom Moody, Stuart Law, Lalchand Rajput, Pravin Amre and Andy Moles.

Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble

The committee interviewed Kumble and a handful of other candidates in Kolkata on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, they made their recommendations to the BCCI. Thakur, along with Shirke, made the final call.

Anurag Thakur at a media briefing in Dharamsala said, “The CAC recommended a few names to the BCCI. After discussions with various stakeholders, we have taken the final call that for next one year Anil Kumble will be the head coach.” He added the support staff would be appointed after consulting with Kumble.

Kumble applying for the job was put in shock to many in the BCCI, seeing he has not coached a cricket team before. The BCCI had preferred their candidates to have had that experience, but his noble as a player and two times as mentor in the IPL worked in Kumble’s favour.

The BCCI offered Kumble a 1 year term to help him acclimatise to the job superior and to give themselves the headrest to review if needed.

Kumble has assisted as guide for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Questions will be raised over his selection given the lack of experience at the top level.

He comes in as first coach since Duncan Fletcher’s deal expired after they was dismissed in 2014. Ravi Shastri was officially the ‘Team Director’ after the Zimbabwean.

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