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Kumble unlikely to continue as India's coach

Virat 28 ICC Champions Trophy 2017: No Rift Between Anil Kumble And Virat Kohli
Rosalie Gross | 02 June, 2017, 02:35

"I don't know what's going on between Kumble and Kohli and I think this is not the right time to talk about all these things, A coach's job is to help the captain.", Ganguly told India Today. Sitting in India, it is not possible for the COA to understand what exactly went wrong between Kumble and the players, but it is believed that the players are not happy with his authoritative nature.

Despite the apparent tensions, Kumble has had a brilliant run of results as coach, helping the Kohli-led side win all five Test series since his appointment in June a year ago.

Apparently, the Indian team wanted to practice at the main arena but were denied a chance as Australia and New Zealand, who have a match tomorrow, were given access to the main ground.

A BCCI official also reportedly said that Kumble conducts himself like a "school headmaster" in the dressing room, which has made the players unhappy.

So, considering that defending champions India will be playing Pakistan at the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday next, tradition will demand that cricket conversation across the sub-continent should be dominated by this potential blockbuster encounter between the traditional rivals. One of the players was stressed out.

Earlier, BCCI's decision to not extend Kumble's contract shocked many as the team has been successful during his tenure. "Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) is seized of the matter and will deal with it", Chaudhary said.

He then added: "The way the cricket set-up works in India is the coach is not the king". While Kumble is an automatic entry into the process, the others in the fray are Australian Tom Moody and Englishman Richard Pybus.

"A coach should be somebody who has a vision for Indian cricket. It can not happen because the coach is invariably somebody who has played in an earlier generation, so their attitude will always be slightly different".

Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, part of the cricket advisory committee, and Sehwag are now in England as part of the commentary team for the Star Sports in the Champions Trophy.

The second complaint against Kumble has been his effort to take total control of the team as well as trying to hog the media limelight.

In England, BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary rubbished the suggestion of a rift between Kohli and Kumble.

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