The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday announced the appointment of former captain Anil Kumble as the 11th coach for the India cricket team for one year.
The appointment of bowling, batting and assistant coaches will follow, board president Anurag Thakur said.
His first assignment will be India’s four-Test tour of the West Indies.
Kumble is the first Indian to be appointed full-time India coach since Kapil Dev resigned in September 2000.
Kumble was among 57 candidates who applied for the position advertised by the BCCI earlier this month. He was included in the shortlist of 21 names and then met the cricket advisory committee – consisting of former India players Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar and the former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale, acting as the committee’s chief co-ordinator – in Kolkata for an interviewon Tuesday. The BCCI’s advisory committee had forwarded their final choice earlier.
Kumble’s application for the coach’s position came as a surprise to a few in the board, given his lack of experience in the area Kumble’s lack of experience, however, is made up for by his standing as a player and captain in an 18-year-long international career. He finished as India’s highest wicket-taker in Tests, and the third-highest overall, with 619 wickets, including a best of 10 for 74 against Pakistan in Delhi in 1999.
Kumble has also served in administrative roles after his retirement. He was elected president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association in November 2010, served as chairman of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and also headed the BCCI’s technical committee from 2012 to 2015.