Current Indian coach Anil Kumble will be at the helm for the limited-overs tour to the West Indies, after the BCCI appointed Cricket Advisory Committee asked for more time to take a decision on whether the former India spinner ‘s contract should be extended or not.
“The CAC has bought some time for Kumble and ensured he is not ignominiously removed after India’s run in the Champions Trophy. He will travel with the team to West Indies. It’s a short tour so there shouldn’t be any problems,” a top source said.
Also, there is also no certainty of the committee conducting interviews of the candidates who have applied for the post.
Reports indicated that the BCCI will announce a coach for the side before the conclusion of the Champions Trophy. Kumble reapplied for the post despite being given a direct entry.
On Thursday, the committee and CEO of the BCCI Rahul Johri met for a couple of hours and it was learnt that they discussed this matter with both skipper Virat Kohli and Kumble, separately.
A final take on whether Kumble will continue, after the tour of the West Indies will most probably be taken in the BCCI’s Special General Meeting on the 26th of June.
For now, all these matters should be left aside and all the focus should be shifted towards the upcoming game against South Africa. A loss there would mean curtains for the defending champions. Both the remaining encounters in Group B are knockouts and whoever wins those games will progress through to the semifinals.
India may bring in Ravi Ashwin for the all-important game and in return bench either Hardik Pandya or Kedar Jadhav, to boost India’s bowling attack which was disappointing in the previous game against Sri Lanka which India lost with humiliation.