Anil Kumble to coach the National Indian Cricket team

India’s ‘Men in blue’ helmed by a great former player


June 24, 2016

/ By / New Delhi

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The right-arm leg spin bowler was picked as the new coach after a detailed selection process

The right-arm leg spin bowler was picked as the new coach after a detailed selection process

Former India cricket team captain Anil Kumble was selected as India’s head coach by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on June 22, 2016, for the next 12 months.

Cricket is the most popular and important sport in India and is played by many fans throughout the country. The Indian national cricket team made the nation proud several times especially when they won the 1983 Cricket World Cup, 2007 ICC World Twenty20, 2011 Cricket World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and shared the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy with Sri Lanka.

Anil Kumble, the former Indian cricketer who also captained the team, was selected as the new head coach for team India for one year by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on June 22, 2016.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India is the national governing body for this sport in India and was formed in December 1928.

Kumble contributed a lot to the Indian cricket, took a total of 619 wickets in test matches (one test match is played for five consecutive days) and is the third-highest wicket taker.

“We wanted the best because we deserve the best. Anil Kumble has been a match-winner for India, he has a great record,” BCCI president Anurag Thakur said.

“It’s a great honour to be back again in the Indian dressing room, in a different role. It’s a huge responsibility. I have always put my hand up for challenges. A coach’s role in my opinion is always done in the background, and that will be my approach. I believe that players come first, coaches come later. This is the time for me to give back. Travelling 365 days is not easy. I had a long chat with the family, my wife and kids, and it was a major decision,” said Anil Kumble.

No conflict of interest

Anil Kumble is already involved with Tenvic Sports Education Ltd, a sports academy in Karnataka that is in the business of sports training and consulting. But according to BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke, no conflict of interest could arise and that the issue would be resolved before Kumble takes over his role, ahead of the West Indies tour.

“Conflict of interest has become a fashionable word to use. However, it has been completely addressed and whatever decisions around this issue have been addressed prior to taking the decision. There will be no conflict of interest as such before he assumes this role,” said Shirke.

The right-arm leg spin bowler was picked after a detailed selection process and was selected after competing with another great former Indian cricketer Ravi Shashtri (former India cricket team captain), and four foreign contenders.

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