While India have started their Champions Trophy 2017 campaign with a bang, registering a comprehensive win over arch-rivals India, a lot of matters have been going on off the field.
Current India head coach Anil Kumble’s one year contract expires at the end of the Champions Trophy, which means the selection of the new coach is underway. Amongst all the prominent names that applied for the job, former Australian spin wizard Shane Warne was not one of them.
In what can be called a funny statement, Warne said he would charge too much for the post of the head coach, which is why he may lose out in the race if at all he applied. “I am very expensive, I don’t think they can afford me. Virat Kohli and me can have a good partnership. But as I said, I am very, very expensive,” he was quoted as saying to Mid-Day.
Anil Kumble had a very successful tenure with the team after taking over last year. India regained their number 1 rank in the Test rankings. However, it seems that due to differences between Kumble and team management over the pay dispute, plus his rift with Virat Kohli and Kumble, BCCI decided to hunt for a new coach. However, mostly all veterans of the sport have opined that BCCI should not look beyond Kumble for the job, especially since the former Indian bowler has reapplied for the same.
Virender Sehwag, Anil Kumble and Tom Moody were among the six applicants for the role of India coach. Former India coach Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus and Doddanarasiah “Dodda” Ganesh were the other candidates to put their names forward for the role.
It remains to be seen who the BCCI thinks is best suited for the profile but in all likeliness, Kumble will be re-elected.
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