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Will Anil Kumble be retained? Cricket Advisory Committee seeks more time to decide

Anil Kumble's future as India coach is in the hands of the Cricket Advisory Committee which has sought more time to decide on the legendary leg-spinner's fate.

India TV Sports Desk, London [Updated:09 Jun 2017, 3:27 PM IST]
Anil Kumble is likely to retained as India's chief coach.
Anil Kumble is likely to retained as India's chief coach.Photo:PTI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to retain Anil Kumble as India's chief coach even as the all-powerful Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman has sought more time to decide on the legendary leg-spinner's future with the Indian team. With majority of the senior members including acting BCCI president CK Khanna and IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla against the hasty removal of Kumble, the chances of the spin legend getting an extension has increased manifold. 

The three-member committee met in London on Thursday evening at a five-star facility and had a nearly two hour discussion on issue of new coach's appointment. After the meeting, the CAC members informed BCCI CEO Rahul Johri that they would need more time to decide on the matter. 

Accordingly, a press release was issued by acting BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhary. 

"The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of the BCCI met today and discussed the process with regard to the selection of the head coach of the Senior India Men team and it was decided by the CAC to revert to the BCCI, at an appropriate time," the BCCI release stated.

For the legendary trio, it was convenient to ask for more time as all three are against the removal of Kumble as he has had tremendous success as coach winning 12 out of 17 matches since he took over in July last year. 

In fact, acting president Khanna, after consultation with senior members like Shukla, wrote a letter to Amitabh Chaudhary requesting him to defer the coach recruitment process till BCCI's Special General Meeting (SGM) which is scheduled to be held on June 26 in Mumbai.

The deferment means that Kumble would continue to coach India during the West Indies tour which is scheduled soon after the ICC Champions Trophy.

A senior BCCI source said that the CAC feels that no difference of opinion could be bigger than the interest of the national team.

"There are disagreements in all teams but things shouldn't be blown out of proportion. Also the timing of this controversy has been bad. However, if we replace Kumble in a jiffy, it might send a signal to Virat that now he can also have an opinion on administrative decisions. It will set a bad precedent," a senior BCCI official told PTI.

(With PTI inputs)