Former Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble has stepped down as India coach just four days before West Indies tour. Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) had suggested BCCI to increase extention with Kumble, but the board did not agree to continue with him.
Kumble has said in a statement that he was honoured to coach India. He credited captain and the entire team. He also thanked the fans and followers of India. Under his coaching, India reached the Final of Champions Trophy 2017.
“I am honoured by the confidence reposed in me by the CAC, in asking me to continue as Head Coach. The credit for the achievements of the last one year goes to the Captain, the entire team, coaching and support staff,” Kumble said.
“Post this intimation, I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as the Head Coach. I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach. Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the Captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on.
“Professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and dive – are the key traits I bring to the table. These need to be valued for the partnership to be effective. I see the Coach’s role akin to ‘holding a mirror’ to drive self-improvement in the team’s interest.
“In light of these ‘reservations’, I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit.
“Let me reiterate that it has been an absolute privilege to have served as Head Coach for the last one year. I thank the CAC, BCCI, CoA and all concerned.
“I also wish to thank the innumerable followers and fans of Indian cricket for their continued support. I will remain a well-wisher of the great cricketing tradition of my country forever.”
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com