Anil Kumble in race to become Team India coach: Reports

first_imgA day after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) revealed that it has received the applications for the position of Team India coach, it is being reported that former India captain and legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble is in race for the top job.The board had set June 10 as the last date for applying for one of most lucrative jobs in world cricket. It subsequently released a statement yesterday, saying that as many as 57 people, from both India and overseas (without revealing the names), have applied for the vacant position.  However, media reports on Monday stated that Kumble, who is currently the chairperson of the International Cricket Council’s Cricket Committee, is also in the running for the head coach’s post. (Ponting backs Dravid for Team India coaching job)HIGH-PROFILE NAMESKumble is the third high-profile applicant for the job after former team director Ravi Shastri and current chief of selectors, Sandeep Patil. Both Shastri and Patil had expressed their interests in coaching India.One of India’s biggest match-winners, Kumble has 619 wickets in 132 Tests and 337 wickets in 271 One-day internationals. He was also the president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) from 2010-2013. (Dravid plays down prospects of coaching Team India)Apart from the trio, former India players Venkatesh Prasad, Balwinder Singh Sandhu and Hrishikesh Kanitkar are also vying for the job.The primary scrutiny of the applications received will be done by BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke. After this, the list of candidates who meet the criteria will be processed for further consideration. (BCCI likely to prefer ‘Hindi speaking’ coach for Team India)advertisementAfter Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher’s contract ended after the 2015 World Cup held between February 14 and March 29 in Australia and New Zealand, former India skipper Ravi Shastri served as the team director till the 2016 ICC World T20 in March April in India.Sanjay Bangar, Bharath Arun and R Sridhar teamed up respectively as the batting, bowling and fielding coaches under Shastri. (Gavaskar backs Dravid as India coach)Last month, the BCCI appointed former India all-rounder Bangar as interim head coach for the ongoing limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe, while former domestic cricketer Abhay Sharma was named the fielding coach.last_img

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