According to a recent report published in Indian news media DNA, there are as many as 10 cricketers from the current Indian squad, who are averse to Anil Kumble continuing as India coach post ICC Champions Trophy in England. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ কুম্বলেকে চান না ভারতের দশ ক্রিকেটার!]
It is also reported that only one player has spoken in favour of Kumble.
Kumble, who took over from Team India director Ravi Shastri as the head coach last year, has a commendable record, as the team has lost only one series under him across formats.
So, performance-wise there shouldn’t be any reason to replace Kumble as the head coach. Then what makes the pack of players to be against the former leg-spinner’s chance of getting an extension?
An unnamed BCCI official told DNA that these players termed Kumble as “too bossy” and blamed him for “imposing strict standard of inhuman approach while tackling fatigue and injury”.
“The difference between 2011 World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten and Kumble is that while the former was a friend, who used to keep conversations confidential, Kumble has a habit of giving his own example of strict discipline and then taking the conversation to others,” is what was apparently told to the Indian cricket board by players.