Anil Kumble quits as Indian team coach ahead of India's tour of West Indies

Former Indian skipped and head coach Anil Kumble reportedly decided to resign as some players were having issues with him.

In a major development, Anil Kumble decided not to continue as the head coach of the Indian cricket team. This comes after the reports of some players not being happy with the methods used by Anil Kumble. Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to not renew the one-year long contract of Anil Kumble as the coach and inviting fresh applications also stoked up the ember.

According to an ANI report, the decision came after Indian cricket team left for West Indies and Anil Kumble stayed back in London for a meeting of the International Cricket Council.

Earlier Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput, and Dodda Ganesh had applied for the post of India’s head coach. Former Australian fast bowler Craig McDermott had also sent an application but that arrived after the May 31 deadline.

It was understood that BCCI’s fresh application for the post of head coach was because the board was concerned by player feedback on Kumble, with some of the players, including skipper Virat Kohli, saying that they were uncomfortable with the “intimidating” style of Kumble’s man management.

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It is expected that the new head-coach will get a two-year contract with the 2019 World Cup as a main target. Kumble had a successful year-long stint with the Kohli-led team and his tenure will conclude with the ongoing Champions Trophy in England.

Last year, the BCCI had advertised for the head coach’s position for the first time. While Ravi Shastri was the top contender for the role, Kumble bagged the job.

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In 17 Tests, Kumble saw India win a dozen, drawing four and losing just one against Australia. India even retained the number one stop in Test ranking under Kumble’s term.


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