Vinod Rai, head of the Committee of Administrators (CoA), was all praise for Anil Kumble saying his role was ‘absolutely impeccable’ and he did very well as coach of the Indian team. Rai also impressed that Virat Kohli, the incumbent India captain, will have no say in who the next coach of the Indian team will be.
Kohli’s side is currently in the Caribbean taking part in a five-ODI series. The team is without a coach, with MV Sridhar supervising the team during their short tour. This after Kumble, the former coach, stepped down citing difference between him and captain Kohli. Kumble was at the end of his contract, and was offered an extension for the West Indies series which he refused. India are expected to replace Kumble by the time they head to Sri Lanka for a full series.
Rai, on Saturday (June 24), stressed that they will look for an equally good coach and ensure there is unity in the dressing room.
“If two persons are thrown together for 24 by 7, there will be difference of professional opinion, so what’s there?” Rai said after a meeting of COA in Mumbai. “His contract was for one year, there were perceptions, professional issues. He is more mature person, he decided that ‘Look, okay, fair enough.’ It is the captain who has to play on the field, isn’t it, ultimately?”
“Kumble’s role has been absolutely impeccable. He has done very well as a coach. We will go in for an equally good professional to ensure that whether it is the captain or manager, there should be cohesion in the team. What’s there to discuss in the coach-captain issue? Listen, what’s Anil Kumble statement, don’t go by any statement. One good thing about India media is that India media doesn’t look into houses, bedrooms, so please don’t look into dressing room,” he added.
Rai also quashed any whispers that Kohli could have a say in who coaches his side next. The BCCI recently extended the deadline for applications for the coach’s post. They had originally received a handful of applications (Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus and Tom Moody were amongst the first applicants), but it is clear that they are now looking for more options.
Rai said that the “CAC (Cricket Advisory Committee) comprises three of our most important and best cricketers (Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly). Their credibility, nobody has ever doubted. What we have done is we have enlarged the zone of consideration because we want to get a coach who is competent to train a team for the World Cup.”
“See, you apply for something and we feel that we want for others to also apply. Why should it be unfair on anybody? Why shouldn’t we go for the best that is available globally. And if you give them seven days to apply, if somebody can’t apply, we have to – we need to choose a coach who will get to know the team and be there till the World Cup. And that’s why we have done that. We have the best team in the world today. (Losing) One match or two here and there is okay, but we have the best team in the world,” he stressed.