Anil Kumble will go to West Indies with Team India as coach

According to sources, the BCCI will only announce the coach only after June 26.

Despite his phenomenal record as coach, BCCI asked for fresh interviews and Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh applied for the post. However, Kohli had criticised the media while denying there was any truth to them.

The Board had also said it was not under any pressure and was just following a process because Kumble's contract was for one year and the selection process needed to be kept transparent.

The Committee of Administrators will take the final call.

"The COA will not interfere in the coach recruitment process". And if you're Anil Kumble, you couldn't be blamed for thinking the whole world is conspiring against you at the moment! BCCI's clarification has officially placed the news piece in a false position. "Majority of the members are of the same opinion", Shukla.

The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman has sought more time to decide on chief coach Anil Kumble's future.

Yet Kumble has been teammate to Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly, and has been known to be a gentleman cricketer who played with a lot of heart. But they informed BCCI CEO Rahul Johri that they would need more time.

"The CAC has bought some time for Kumble". ESPNcricinfo understands the CAC will speak to both Kumble and captain Virat Kohli in an attempt to resolve differences that have emerged between the pair.

Ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy, the national cricket board had invited applications for the post of the head coach as Kumble's one-year tenure comes to an end with the ongoing eight-nation tournament in England and Wales.

"The team has had great performances under Kumble". With Kohli being the captain of Indian cricket across all formats, it would be hard for the two to work together under current circumstances. One needs to respect a captain's viewpoint also.

On field, things seem to be going fine for the India cricket team but off the field issues are the ones to worry.

"Virat has never come and told any BCCI official that he doesn't want to work with Kumble. It's a short tour so there shouldn't be any problems", said a top source.

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