Former India captain Anil Kumble has been appointed coach of the national side for one year, the BCCI announced on Thursday in Dharamsala. His first assignment will be India’s four-Test tour of the West Indies. His name was recommended by cricket advisory committee members Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. He will take over the role for a period of one year.
About Anil Kumble Achievements
- Kumble is the second bowler in Test history to capture all ten wickets of an innings.
- Against West Indies in May 2002,he took the field with a bandage over his fractured jaw.
- His only Test century came against England at The Oval in 2007.
- Kumble is India’s highest wicket-taker in Tests, and the third-highest overall, with 619 wickets, including a best of 10 for 74 against Pakistan in Delhi in 1999.
- He is India’s greatest match-winning bowler with 956 international wickets (619 in Tests and 337 in ODIs).
Kumble and Ravi Shastri were the frontrunners for the coach’s job, which was left vacant since Duncan Fletcher’s departure after the 50-overs World Cup last year in Australia. Kumble, Amre and Rajput were interviewed by the panel, Tendulkar joining in via video conference from London, while former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale — the ‘coordinator’ of the selection process — assisted the trio.
The 45-year-old Kumble pipped former Team Director Ravi Shastri, Australians Tom Moody and Stuart Law and a host of others to clinch the high-profile position following an elaborate selection process headed by a three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).
What is the role of the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee?
- This committee is accountable to the BCCI president and secretary.
- Its members give recommendations to the BCCI president and secretary.
- Its members are expected to advise the BCCI on cricket-related matters pertaining to the international and domestic game that do not fall under the many committees currently in the BCCI.