Kumble remains India coach till W. Indies tour: CoA chief

India's tour of the West Indies, which will include five One-Day Internationals (ODI) and a single Twenty20 International is scheduled to run from June 23 to July 9.

"Anil Kumble to continue as India coach during next month's tour of West Indies subject to his acceptance", COA chief Vinod Rai was quoted as saying.

The BCCI will not broach the subject of India's next cricket coach at its Special General Meeting (SGM) on 26 June, with Anil Kumble's tenure as the head coach set to get an extension till the upcoming West Indies tour.

According to PTI, CoA head Vinod Rai said that the post would be Kumble's for the West Indies series if he was willing to continue.

Rai's committee has also been dogged by controversy.

Infact, the advisory committee was asked to hold another meeting in London on June 13 but that won't happen since Ganguly is busy with commentary duties in Cardiff. where Pakistan and Sri Lanka faced off in a crucial game.

Former CoA member Ramchandra Guha had mentioned several instances of alleged conflict of interest in the working of the BCCI, including Rahul Dravid's role as India A and India U-19 coach as well as mentor of the Delhi Daredevils team in the Indian Premier League (IPL). I don't know why is this controversy. The CAC's first option, as previously reported, was to try and patch up differences between the India captain Virat Kohli and Kumble.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) advertised for a head coach in May with Kumble's one-year deal due to expire at the end of the Champions Trophy in England this week. Though the BCCI was in favour of appointing the new coach on a two-year contract until the 2019 World Cup, the CAC said that it did not want to take a hasty decision.

The CAC has asked the cricket board to allow it time and space to work through the situation, facilitating where needed in arranging various meetings.

The BCCI had last month issued an advertisement for interviews for the position of the next coach.

Kumble's demand of a steep hike in his own salary as well that of the players has also reportedly drawn the ire of several BCCI officials. "I have spoken to both of them (Kohli and Kumble) and neither of them have confirmed what has come out", he said.

  • Julie Sanders