• BCCI is currently on the lookout for a new Head Coach as the job was left vacant by Anil Kumble after his controversy-filled exit. The former leg-spinner opted to resign from his role citing lack of support and the ‘untenable’ relationship with captain Virat Kohli.

    The job of picking the best guy for the job is with the three man Cricket Advisory Committee featuring Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.

    Ganguly, who was recently in Mumbai as the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) was quizzed about the kind of individual the panel seeking for the role. Without creating a confusion, the former skipper answered:

    “One who can win cricket matches,” he told NDTV.

    As of now, BCCI is awaiting fresh applications to have a better pool of candidates to choose from as the initial invites attracted only a handful of names with which the Indian board wasn’t satisfied. The new applicants can now send their CVs until July 9.

    “The CAC will take directives from the BCCI on the next coach,” said Ganguly with the new coach slated to be announced before India’s tour of Sri Lanka that begins on July 21.

    Team India is currently in the West Indies engaged in a limited overs series with West Indies that features 5 ODIs and a T20I. The side left for the tour straight after the conclusion of the Champions Trophy. Batting coach Sanjay Bangar is understood to be at the helm of the support staff.

    The reports of a rift between skipper Kohli and Kumble was first reported on May 30 just before the start of the Champions Trophy. Initially, the reports were rubbished by Kohli. There was more scepticism when BCCI invited openly advertised for the role of the new head coach. It became slightly predictable that Kumble was unlikely to get an automatic contract extension.

    The BCCI, however, stayed away from displaying an open unwillingness to employ Kumble for another term and stated that he was eligible to re-apply. However, Kumble had no interest left and put his paper a day after India lost the finals against Pakistan in London.


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