The first meeting between newly appointed national team coach Gary Kirsten, Test skipper Anil Kumble and a few cricket Board officials was held on Tuesday at the BCCI headquarters.
Kirsten and Kumble had a two-hour meeting with BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah, treasurer N Srinivasan and Prof Ratnakar Shetty (Board's Chief Administrative Officer) before adjourning for lunch.
Neither Kirsten nor Kumble spoke to the waiting mediapersons when they broke for lunch. According to BCCI sources, the focus of the meeting was to discuss with Kirsten his plans on how to take the Indian team forward. Kirsten is taking over formally as the coach from March 1.
The high-profile post has been lying vacant for more than 10 months after the previous incumbent, former Australian captain Greg Chappell, chose not to seek a renewal of his contract with the BCCI in the aftermath of the Indian team's disastrous outing in the World Cup in the West Indies in March, 2007.
The Indian team, in the interim period, has been helped by former Test players Ravi Shastri, Chandu Borde, Lalchand Rajput and Chetan Chauhan as cricket managers.