BCCI confirms Kumble will be Team India coach till West Indies tour


Anil Kumble can continue as the coach of the India cricket team until the tour of West Indies set to start on June 23.

India will play five one-day internationals in the Caribbean starting June 23, with a Twenty20 worldwide wrapping up the trip on July 9.

Anil Kumble will continue as India coach till the end of the India series, India Today has learnt.

"But the advisory committee is meeting in London to decide about the coach", he added. The COA, now a three-member panel after the controversial exit of historian Ramachandra Guha, had a day-long meeting in New Delhi.

Vinod Rai, chief of the Supreme Court-appointed CoA for the BCCI, yesterday said that Kumble would continue to serve as the head coach till the Indies series. I don't know why is this controversy.

There were reports of rift between Kumble and captain Virat Kohli.

When The Indian Express had contacted a BCCI official he had said, "BCCI president CK Khanna has suggested that as Champions Trophy is still on, it will be not feasible to take a decision on Indian team coach now".

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Kumble was given a one-year contract last year by the BCCI.

Kumble was on the shortlist of six candidates and remained the first choice of the CAC, which comprises Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.

CAC had met in London on June 8 for coach selection process and chose to revert to BCCI at an "appropriate time".

"We have left it to the CAC, they are legends, they know what is best for Indian cricket", said Rai, who also rubbished a report claiming that CAC has asked to be paid for the honorary job.

The CAC has asked the cricket board to allow it time and space to work through the situation, facilitating where needed in arranging various meetings.

"Whether it is Anil Kumble retained or anyone else roped in, whoever gets the job will be given a contract till 2019 World Cup", Khanna had said on Thursday. Last month, the BCCI chose to invite fresh applications for the position after being made aware of the players' reported unhappiness with Kumble's man-management skills. If the team reaches semi-final or say final, the BCCI would cut a sorry figure if they are forced to replace Kumble.