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Anil Kumble steps down as coach of Indian Cricket Team

Indian coach Anil Kumble has stepped down as the head coach in the aftermath of the ICC Champions Trophy.

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Anil Kumble reportedly had a falling out with skipper Virat Kohli

Kumble decided to stayA�back in London to attend an ICC meeting; instead of travelling with the team for the upcoming tour of the West Indies.A�Kumble is a part of ICC’s cricket committee.

Kumble’s Rift with Kohli Likely Led to Decision

It was being widely perceived in the BCCI that after a meeting between India captain Virat Kohli and Cricket Advisory Committee; comprising – Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman; the skipper made it clear that his relationship with the coach has reached a dead end.

During the entire Champions Trophy, there was hardly any communication between the two during the practice session; with chief coach mostly keeping to himself or giving some practice to the bowlers.

India have enjoyed a stellar run under Kumble and lost only 3 matches under his watch which included the 1 T20 against West Indies; and 2 matches in the Champions Trophy against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

The Virat Kohli-led team became the number 1 Test team under the former leggie but owing to the uneasiness of the players under the coach the BCCI had to make a final call.


The BCCI has not yet named any replacement and Sanjay Bangar may take charge of the team on an interim basis. Former Indian player Virender Sehwag, has alsoA�applied for the positionA�of the head coach of the Indian team.

Other candidates include the Australian Tom Moody, Englishman Richard Pybus; former Indian fast bowler DoddaA�Ganesh and former India A coach Lalchand Rajput.

India will play five one-day internationals in the Caribbean starting June 23; with a Twenty20 international wrapping up the trip on July 9.


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