Anil Kumble has stepped down from his role as Team India coach—following a rift with the captain and other players before the team left for England to play in the Champions Trophy 2017—and not travelled with the Men in Blue to the Caribbean, for five ODIs and one T20I. Earlier this month, the 46-year-old was asked to see through the limited-overs tour of the West Indies, though his contract was expiring with the conclusion of India’s Champions Trophy campaign.
But we now understand that Kumble along with Indian captain Virat Kohli met with the board officials in London on Monday, after the cricket advisory committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman informed the BCCI they had not been able to resolve the issues between the captain and coach.
This meeting was apparently “unpleasant” and a board official who attended this meeting, said that “the differences seem irreparable”, with the captain Kohli unwilling to budge. We also can tell you that Kumble and Kohli did not communicate with each other at all over the last month.
This vacancy for Team India coach has already been advertised by the BCCI, who also have received half-a-dozen applications including that of the previous head coach Kumble. Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody are among the candidates who have applied to be made the coach of the Indian cricket team, which will be taken care of by the CAC.
The Champions Trophy finalist departed to Barbados from London on Monday morning (19 June), and this meeting was held before the team left. The former leg-spinner, who is the chairman of ICC’s cricket committee, remained back in London.
Kumble’s tenure as Team India coach: June 23, 2016-June 19, 2017 (361 days)
Kumble’s resignation statement/letter:
Thank you! pic.twitter.com/eF5qVzdBRj
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 20, 2017