BCCI invites fresh applications for India coach role

Virat Kohli Anil Kumble India coach Champions Trophy

Following Kumble's disclosure that he stepped down from the post after Indian Skipper Virat Kohli had reservations about his coaching style and the extension of his tenure, BCCI senior official Rajeev Shukla said that the captain would not have a say on the appointment of the new coach.

"It's something that's very sacred and private to all of us, something that I would not express in details in a public scenario".

The legendary leg-spinner's one-year term was supposed to end after the Champions Trophy, but was extended by the BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) until the end of the ongoing tour of the West Indies.

According to a report of CricNext, Kohli and Kumble were actually not on the same page on this issue.

Anil Kumble is not a quitter and his exit after India's shocking defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the Champions Trophy needs to be investigated. I have total respect for him as a cricketer and what he's achieved for the nation.

He further added "We have created a culture over the last 3-4 years that whatever happens in the change room, we've tried to maintain the sanctity of the change room throughout. Now, we have some mature players and Dhoni is also there to help them, even Virat is also there", Sharma told ANI.

Team India head coach aspirant Lalchand Rajput has hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), calling its decision to invite fresh applications for the post left vacated by Anil Kumble "highly unprofessional". "If such is the attitude of a captain I don't think you require a coach", the 77-year-old said.

With Rohit Sharma also cooling his heels for this series, Kohli may be tempted to bring back Ajinkya Rahane at the top of the order.

"The team members, who were feeling awful about the loss, in any case, felt that their coach was scolding them like children and not treating them like professionals". By evening, as time came to address the pre-match press conference at Port of Spain, ahead of India's limited overs series comprising five ODIs and 1 T20 against West In dies, which begins on Friday, Kohli was in the mood to give the media enough scope for a juicy story if they were prepared to read between the lines.

And he was being considered the front-runner for an extension till the 2019 World Cup, with Team India having won nearly every series under him in the past one year.

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