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Anil Kumble appointed as the new head coach of Team India

Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble. (© Getty Images)

Who will become India’s next coach? Anil Kumble or Ravi Shastri? This was the burning question from the start of the week. Speculations were rife and many rumours made rounds till the very last moment of announcement. However, finally, the hunt for the India’s next head coach seems to have come to a conclusive end.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur made the much-awaited announcement today declaring spin bowling great Anil Kumble as the new head coach of the Indian team. He will be in-charge of the Team India for a period of one year.

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The deadline for the applications closed on June 10 and the BCCI announced that 57 applications had been received from both Indian and overseas candidates. The candidates included prominent cricketing legends in the form of Sandeep Patil, Ravi Shastri, and even Dav Whatmore had applied for the top job after the BCCI put up an open advertisement for the role.

Later, the equation had boiled down from 21 shortlisted names and was further chopped down to just six names. These names included Kumble, Ravi Shastri, Praveen Amre, Lalchand Rajput, Tom Moody and Stuart Law. Eventually, the competition was reduced to Ravi Shastri and Anil Kumble.

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The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman were involved in the section procedure and interviewed the shortlisted candidate at the start of this week.

It is reported that the CAC committee was bowled over by the presentation by Anil Kumble. His presentation saw him touch upon cricketing matters and stressed on the fact about better overseas performance.

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