Anil Kumble’s contract didn’t have an extension clause: CoA Chief
Anil Kumble was involved in an altercation with captain Virat Kohli following which the former cricketer stepped down.
Updated - Jun 24, 2018 8:31 pm
Anil Kumble was appointed as the head coach of the Indian team back in June 2016 and the contract of his stint was for a year. The national team won quite a few matches under his tutelage and did reasonably well. However, Jumbo’s relationship with Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, wasn’t quite a smooth ride and both never quite came to terms with each other.
The rift between the two stalwarts broke out prior to the start of the 2017 Champions Trophy, where the Men in Blue finished as the runners-up. Sources in the dressing room mentioned that Virat had apprehensions about Kumble’s coaching methods following which the situation turned ugly. The incident came to a close when Kumble stepped down from his position in 2017.
“We have to go through a process”- Vinod Rai
Meanwhile, with the Cricket World Cup a couple of years away and based on his impressive record with the national team, his contract was expected to be renewed, however, it wasn’t. Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India invited applications for the head coach’s position with Kumble being given a direct entry. The board came under the scanner but it didn’t have a second choice as Kumble’s contract didn’t have an extension clause.
“Kumble had been recommended for two years but he had been given only a one-year contract. That’s what we were told. I saw the contract, which was for one year, and it did not have a clause for extension. We were also told – and that’s a fact – the decision to select or whom to select was done by the CAC comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman.
“CoA said ‘since there is no extension clause’, we have to go through a process and that process involves calling for applications, inviting people or requesting people to put in their applications – whichever way you want to do it,” Vinod Rai, the Chairman of BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) was quoted as saying by TOI.
“The set of applications were to be looked into by the CAC and the CoA categorically told the CAC that whatever their advice is okay by us because we thought whatever they advise is the best as far as the Indian team is concerned,” he added.
The CAC after a few rounds and interviews decided to appoint Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the team until the World Cup 2019.