ICC Champions Trophy: ‘BCCI’s timing of head coach’s application process wrong’
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ICC Champions Trophy: ‘BCCI’s timing of head coach’s application process wrong’

Former India players Madan Lal and Balvinder Singh Sandhu feel the BCCI should have waited till the ICC Champions Trophy before initiating the application process for head coach’s post as it could affect the team’s morale heading into such a big tournament.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: May 26, 2017 08:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Anil Kumble’s tenure as Indian cricket team coach ends in June 2017 after the completion of the ICC Champions Trophy in England. (AFP/Getty Images)

Anil Kumble’s future with the Indian cricket team has suddenly plunged into uncertainty after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to invite application for head coach a day after Virat Kohli & Co departed to England for the ICC Champions Trophy.

Although Kumble’s one-year tenure expires after the Champions Trophy, it was expected the legendary leg-spinner would get an automatic extension after his good run with the Indian team. However, the BCCI’s googly on Thursday has certainly stumped the Indian cricket fraternity.

(Read | Anil Kumble’s fate in Ganguly, Tendulkar’s hands as BCCI hunts for India coach)

Former India coach Madan Lal felt Kumble could facing the heat since he has taken a stand on number of issues with the BCCI. Kumble is leading the charge to give a 300 per cent hike in the players’ salary, a substantial hike in his remuneration and the support staff members and his reported letter stating that the team would like to play in the Champions Trophy amidst the pull out chorus.

(Read | Why Anil Kumble could lose his job as Indian cricket team’s head coach)

Is he being targeted by the Board members? “It could be one of the reasons. The BCCI is facing several issues with the Supreme Court and taking substantial revenue hit from the ICC. I feel the players’ salary issue could have been raised at an appropriate time later on with the BCCI. This was not the right time to give such a presentation,” said Madan.

(Read | Virat Kohli shoulders arms over BCCI seeking applications for head coach)

Madan did not rule out other reasons too that could have led the BCCI to initiate the coach hunt process. “The players’ feedback is also important in the coach keeping his job. We don’t know what the players have told the BCCI about Kumble, the coach. There are several things that happen in the BCCI which not many are aware of,” said the 1983 World Cupper.

Former India seamer Balvinder Singh Sandhu felt the BCCI got the timing of the coach’s application process horribly wrong. “This was not required at this juncture. By making Kumble’s position insecure, it won’t help the team environment. It is important that he does his job without any pressure. The timing was not right to initiate this process now. The BCCI could have done it after the Champions Trophy,” said Sandhu.

First Published: May 26, 2017 08:54 IST