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Sourav Ganguly feels Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble rift was not handled properly

Anil Kumble had stepped down as India's head coach on June 20, two days after India's humiliating loss against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final.

India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: June 28, 2017 11:43 IST ]
A file image of Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble.
A file image of Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble.Photo:AP IMAGES

Former India captain and a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), Sourav Ganguly, has said the tussle between Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli could have been handled a lot better. Former India coach Kumble and captain Kohli's rumored dressing room rift after India's Champions Trophy final loss grabbed the headlines across cricketing circles. On June 20, two days after the loss, Kumble stepped down from his post of the head coach, blaming a breakdown in his relationship with Kohli for his exit. 

One of the three members of the CAC, which has the power to pick the coach, Ganguly said: "The matter between Kumble and Kohli should have been handled a lot better, by whoever in charge. It was not handled properly."

The appointment of India's coach has taken a new twist as Ravi Shastri, the former team director, has decided to apply for the position and appears to be a front-runner a year after Kumble was favoured over him in 2016.

Shastri had openly blamed Ganguly for his ouster, claiming that the former India captain as member of the CAC, lobbied for Kumble to replace him and convinced the other panel members, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.

"Everybody has got the right to apply. We will find out. I can also apply provided I'm not an administrator," Ganguly said.

Ganguly, who is the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, was on Tuesday named in a seven-member committee headed by IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla to identify the "few critical points" in the implementation of the Supreme Court order.

"We will have to listen to committee of administrators. I'm not exactly sure what will happen but I will find out," Ganguly, who is the only cricketer in the panel, said.

Meanwhile, the CAB will have an emergent meeting on July 1 to discuss the way forward with the Lodha reforms.

"We did not have SGM last year. Till the reforms are done it won't happen. We have informed the members of the meeting to discuss what's the way forward," Ganguly added.

(With PTI inputs)

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