Amid reports of the on-going rift between cricketer Virat Kohli and Indian cricket team captain Anil Kumble, the latter has expressed his unwillingness to continue as the team’s head coach. Kumble’s tenure is to expire after the ICC Champions Trophy.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had invited applications for the post of the head coach earlier this month and received six applications in response.
Among the applicants are three former Indian cricketers, Virender Sehwag, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh. Anil Kumble was a direct entrant for the post.
The other two aspirants are Englishman Richard Pybus, who had coached Pakistan and is currently involved with West Indies cricket team, and Tom Moody, the former Sri Lankan coach.
According to sources, the team players were unhappy with Kumble’s hard task-master approach and also his aggressive manner of demanding a hike in his salary. This may have prompted the BCCI to invite applications for the post, as Kumble’s tenure is to end soon.