Anil Kumble stepped down as the coach of Indian cricket team on Tuesday, after being at the helm for a little over a year.
In a social media post, Kumble said that despite attempts to resolve the misunderstandings between him and Virat Kohli, the partnership was “untenable”.
After the BCCI confirmed the decision, Kumble took to social media to announce his resignation. He said that despite attempts to resolve the misunderstandings between him and India’s captain Virat Kohli, the partnership was “untenable”
“Anil Kumble has withdrawn his services as the post of the Head Coach for the Senior India Men’s team,” BCCI confirmed in a press release.
In the interim, BCCI has appointed MV Sridhar, GM – Cricket Operations to supervise the team for the West Indies tour.
The BCCI along with the Cricket Advisory Committee will continue its search for a new coach.
Nevertheless, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sought applications for the post of the next head coach of the national team nearly a month ago.
Although Vinod Rai, the head of the Committee of Administrators, had endorsed an extension for Kumble until the upcoming tour of West Indies, the latter didn’t seem interested in the offer.
Kohli had met the BCCI top brass along with Kumble in London before leaving for the West Indies on Tuesday. The meeting took place after the high-profile Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) communicated to the BCCI that it had failed resolve the differences between Kumble and Kohli.
Kumble was a direct entry into the coach selection process while the others who applied for the post were Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput among others.
On the sidelines of the Champions Trophy in the UK, the CAC comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly held meetings with Kumble as well as Kohli to sort out the differences between the two.
It was being widely perceived in the BCCI that in the meeting between Kohli and CAC, the skipper had made it clear that his relationship with the coach had reached a dead end.
It was only the CAC which had picked Kumble as the coach last year. It has been learnt that the committee will soon have a conference call to decide on Kumble’s successor.
Reputably, during the entire Champions Trophy, there was hardly any communication between the two during the practice sessions with Kumble mostly keeping to himself or giving some practice to the bowlers.