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Anil Kumble named captain of Indo-Pak Tests

cricket Updated: Nov 09, 2007 15:12 IST
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Anil Kumble was, on Thursday night, named India's new Test captain for the upcoming home series against Pakistan, putting to rest the intense speculation since the last couple of days on who will get the high-profile post.

The national selectors deliberated at length before deciding to opt for the 37-year-old Kumble ahead of ODI and Twenty20 skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who was widely tipped to get the reins of the Test team as well.

The announcement was made by the BCCI joint secretary M P Pandove just a few minutes before midnight and the Chairman of the Selection Committee Dilip Vengsarkar was not present to take queries from the media.

A top BCCI source said that the experienced Kumble was preferred ahead of Dhoni because the selectors felt that Test captaincy would put a lot of pressure on the Jharkhand youngster, who also has the responsibility of keeping wickets.

The selectors were put in a dilemma after Sachin Tendulkar, who was tipped to be the captain of the Test team, turned down the offer two days back and suggested that a "youngster" be given the reins of the side.