The rift between India skipper Virat Kohli and the head coach Anil Kumble is well known to all, and now to add a new twist two the story, Kumble hasn’t accompanied the Indian team to the West Indies for a limited-overs series starting June 23.
What could be the reason behind this? Does this confirm the rift between Kohli and Kumble once again?
Whatever may be the reason, Kumble has stayed back in London citing his commitment to an ICC meeting.
By the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the official reason being given is that Kumble is required to stay back for the ICC ‘Annual Conference’ as he is the chairman of the Cricket Committee in-charge of taking a call on laws and regulations of the game.
The ICC Annual Conference started on Monday and will continue till June 23. Kumble’s Cricket Committee meeting will be held on June 22.
“Yes, chief coach Anil Kumble is staying back for the ICC Meeting. The team is flying off to Barbados today,” a team source confirmed the development without commenting whether he will join the team at all.
It is being widely perceived in the BCCI that in the meeting between Kohli and Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising – Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman the skipper made it clear that his relationship with the coach has reached a dead end.
While BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was not available for comment, what another BCCI official, seeking anonymity, said doesn’t bring any good signs at all.
“Funny, the ICC Meeting dates are known for months and so is the West Indies itinerary. You mean Anil didn’t know he had to choose between ICC Meeting and the West Indies tour. May be he is finding it too difficult to continue,” the official was quoted as saying by PTI.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com