Former Indian cricketer, Anil Kumble, has been named as the head coach of Indian cricket team.
He was selected from among 57 candidates that included even Ravi Shastri.
Making the announcement in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh, the BCCI President, Anurag Thakur said, “We are glad to say that BCCI has been very transparent as far as selection of Head coach is concerned.”
Thakur said that ‘after discussions we have taken a final call that for one year Anil Kumble will be the head coach.’
Among the 57 people who had applied also included big names such as Sandeep Patil, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput and Venkatesh Prasad. The list was narrowed to 21 with a little help from the Cricket Advisory Committee before it being a race between Kumble and Shastri.
The BCCI said that Kumble will be now transforming himself from a great cricketer to coach, and that’s why he has been appointed for an year as of now.
Kumble said that he needed to discuss future plans for the team with his former team mates such as Saurav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar. Rahul Dravid, and VVS Laxman.
He said, “It’s a huge responsibility, ready to take this role. Coaches come later, it’s always players first. My strategy will be to win. I have a short and long plan for the upcoming series, but I cannot plan alone; need players to pitch in. Need to sit down with Sourav, Sachin, Laxman and Dravid and need to do what is best for Indian cricket.”
Kumble’s wife, Chethana Ramatheertha, said that the Indian team couldn’t have got more loyal coach than her husband.
She said, “We will miss him, but very happy as Indian team cant find such a loyal coach.”