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Indian team leaves for West Indies, coach Anil Kumble stays back in England

Head coach Anil Kumble has not accompanied the Indian cricket team for the West Indies tour which starts on June 23 in Port of Spain, citing his prior commitment to an ICC meeting.

India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [Published on:20 Jun 2017, 4:39 PM IST]
Anil Kumble, ICC Cricket Committee Chairman attends the ICC
Anil Kumble, ICC Cricket Committee Chairman attends the ICC board meetingPhoto:GETTY IMAGES

Much before the start of India's Champions Trophy campaign, a lot has been speculated and written about the alleged rift between Indian captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble. According to the sources, the two didn't see eye to eye and have a difference of opinion that created a huge gap. In a new twist to this story, head coach Anil Kumble has not accompanied the Indian team to the West Indies for a limited- overs series starting June 23, citing his commitment to an ICC meeting in London. 

The official reason being given is that Kumble is required to stay back for the ICC 'Annual Conference' as he is the chairman of the Cricket Committee in-charge of taking a call on laws and regulations of the game.

The ICC Annual Conference started yesterday and will continue till June 23. 

Kumble's Cricket Committee meeting will be held on June 22. 

"Yes, chief coach Anil Kumble is staying back for the ICC Meeting. The team is flying off to Barbados today," a team source confirmed the development without commenting whether he will join the team at all. 

It is being widely perceived in the BCCI that in the meeting between Kohli and Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising -- Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman -- the skipper made it clear that his relationship with the coach has reached a dead end. 

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was not available for comment. 

Another BCCI official commented that these are not great signs. 

"Funny, the ICC Meeting dates are known for months and so is the West Indies itinerary. You mean Anil didn't know he had to choose between ICC Meeting and the West Indies tour. Maybe he is finding it too difficult to continue," the official told PTI. 

During the entire Champions Trophy, there was hardly any communication between the two during the practice session with chief coach mostly keeping to himself or giving some practice to the bowlers.

(With PTI Inputs)

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