In a surprise development, India legend Anil Kumble resigned from the post of chairman of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) on Monday. Kumble, who is president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) and chief mentor of the Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL team, has been criticised for wearing too many hats.
The official reason given by Kumble was lack of alignment between his plans for the Academy and the rest of the NCA committee.
"I had a three-year vision, a holistic approach for the NCA which was not in alignment with the rest of the committee," Kumble told ESPNcricinfo. "It didn't make sense to just be a figurehead in this kind of a situation. So, I thought it was better that somebody else take over."
Board sources said they were not surprised by Kumble's decision. A section in the Board felt Kumble "either had no time or interest" in holding the post. There were murmurs around the BCCI AGM in September that Kumble hadn't come up with "single suggestion" during his first year as NCA head.
Recently during an NCA committee meeting, Kumble had made an extensive presentation on his vision for the academy. The working committee, which ratifies changes, was to take a call on implementing the suggestions made by Kumble in Monday's meeting.
The other members of the NCA committee are Ranjib Biswal (vice-chairman), Anirudh Chaudhry, TC Mathew, Rakesh Parikh and Gyanendra Pandey.
Punjab Cricket Association's MP Pandove will be the interim chairman of the NCA. Pandove is also the chairman of the BCCI's specialised academies committee.