Anil Kumble steps down as India coach

Anil Kumble has stepped down as the coach of the Indian cricket team, after his contract expired on Tuesday.

Anil Kumble has stepped down as the coach of the Indian cricket team. Kumble’s contract as the head coach of the Indian team ended on Tuesday after the ICC Champions Trophy and it is understood that he was not interested in an extension.

Among those who applied were Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh and Lalchand Rajput. A three-member BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman will conduct the interviews for the job.

Kumble’s last assignment was the recently concluded Champions Trophy where India finished runners-up to Pakistan after losing the final to Pakistan by 180 runs. Under Kumble, India enjoyed a lot of success in the long home Test season. The team registered wins over West Indies, New Zealand, England and Australia. The Men in Blue also dominated in the shorter formats and were impressive to finish as the second-best side in the recently concluded Champions Trophy.

It was being widely perceived in the BCCI that after a meeting between India captain Virat Kohli and Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising — Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman — the skipper made it clear that his relationship with the coach has reached a dead end. Former India greats Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman have been tasked with selecting the next coach.

There is no official confirmation made by the BCCI yet. He is out of running for the new coach also. Kumble had been given the option to extend his one-year stint with the Indian team by CoA chief Vinod Rai a few weeks ago as the selection process for a new coach was underway. But the leggie has opted to keep out of the extension invite even though his name was earlier in the running for the next team boss.

Kumble didn’t accompany the team to the West Indies for the upcoming limited-overs series starting June 23. He cited his commitment to an ICC meeting in London as the official reason.

India will play five one-day internationals in the Caribbean starting June 23, with a Twenty20 international wrapping up the trip on July 9.

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