Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has begun searching for the suitable candidate to coach team India despite side’s favourable show under the current coach Anil Kumble. Earlier, it was reported that the cricket body was not happy with Anil Kumble’s demand for the pay hike of players (including domestic cricketers) and support staff . The former spinner gave a presentation to that effect to the BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) in the last meeting. Kumble’s one-year contract with the Indian team is set to end after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Reports are also doing rounds that there has been a fallout between Kumble and senior team members including Virat Kohli over the way former is guiding them. India Today reported that Virat Kohli and team are unhappy with “overbearing attitude” of coach Anil Kumble. “The players are unhappy with the fact that there was no freedom in the dressing room and insisted that the coach does enjoy cordial relations with the players. It appears Kumble does not enjoy the confidence of his players,”
Meanwhile, former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has suggested name of Batting great Rahul Dravid for the prestigious job.
“I don’t think the BCCI will find many better candidates than someone like him (Dravid),” Ponting was quoted as saying by an Australian newspaper. “If he’s interested in doing the job, he will do a good job. He’s got a lot of knowledge, is very experienced and understands all three formats.” Kumble has played a key role in discovering young Indian talent during his stint as the Under-19 and India ‘A’ coach. The former India team skipper has also been credited for providing ample opportunities to youngsters in the Indian Premier League (IPL) during his time