Anil Kumble selected as India Team Head Coach

June 24 2016
Anil Kumble selected as India Team Head Coach

The BCCI announced on Thursday that the former India captain Anil Kumble will be Team India's new Coach for next one year.

The BCCI received 57 applications for Team India Coach, including Kumble's. He was interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising his former team mates Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. The committee interviewed Kumble and a handful of other candidates in Kolkata on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, they made their recommendations to the BCCI.

A senior official of the BCCI said, "We have 13 Tests at home and then there is the Champions Trophy next year," the insider said. "He is now in the driver's seat. We have given him the keys and he has to now prove himself."

Kumble was appointed as Test captain in November 2007 and he had led India in 14 matches, winning three, losing five and drawing six, until his retirement a year later. Kumble is the first Indian to be appointed full-time India coach since Kapil Dev resigned in September 2000.

There were also four overseas candidates who had made the shortlist of 21, including Tom Moody and Andy Moles. Anurag Thakur, the newly appointed president of the BCCI said "It's not about Indian or foreign coach,". "There was no such limitation that we have to look for only Indian coach. We wanted the best for Indian team. We deserve the best. We have Anil Kumble with us. He has been a match-winner for India."

Kumble has also served in administrative roles since his retirement and had also served as the president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association in November 2010, served as chairman of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and also headed the BCCI's technical committee from 2012 to 2015.

Kumble's first assignment will be India's four-Test tour of the West Indies. Hats Off and "All the Best" to Kumble.