The BCCI led by Sourav Ganguly may approach Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman for the position of head coach of the Indian team when Ravi Shastri’s tenure comes to an end after the T20 World Cup. Kumble was head coach for a year in 2016-17 before resigning after a dispute with the captain, Virat Kohli.
Kumble was appointed head coach of the Indian team in 2016 by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by Sachin Tendulkar, Ganguly and VVS Laxman. Kumble replaced Shastri, who had worked as a team manager at the time. He resigned as a result of a dispute with Kohli after the 2017 Champions Trophy, where India lost to arch rival Pakistan in the final.
Along with Kumble, the board may also reach out to VVS Laxman, who has been the mentor of an IPL Sunrisers Hyderabad team since 2013.
“Anil Kumble’s departure needs a course correction. The way the CoA succumbed to pressure from Kohli and eliminated him was not the best example set. However, it also depends on whether Kumble or Laxman are ready to run for the post “. A senior BCCI source familiar with the development told PTI on condition of anonymity, TOI reported.
Virat Kohli has already announced that he will step down as captain of the T20I after the T20 2021 World Cup.
BCCI’s first choice for head coach has always been a renowned Indian coach. Kumble and Laxman fit the criteria perfectly, having played over 100 events and had experience in the coaching department.
“The criteria for the BCCI coaching position will be such that only a select few with a very good playing record, as well as coaching / mentoring experience, can apply for the top position,” the source stated.
When asked if Vikram Rathour was in contention for the job, the official said that Rathour is not of such great stature in Indian cricket to become a head coach.
“You can run if you want to, but you don’t have the stature to become the head coach of the Indian cricket team,” the official said.
“At best, he is an assistant coach. However, when we select the new coach, he will have only one team. So let’s wait and watch,” concluded the source.