Good news came for all the cricket fans in India when the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced Anil Kumble as a head coach for the national cricket team. Selecting of the head coach had no less drama than any other political election in India which was full of suspense, campaigns, and media coverage.
Earlier In 2015, the BCCI had appointed the advisory committee comprising of eminent players such as Sachin Tendulkar, SouravGanguly, and VVS Laxman to look for a head coach. But the setback came for the panel when it was disbanded by the Ganguly who took over as the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal.
Although cricket is not the official national sport in India but it brings much more excitement and a greater fan following than any other sport. In fact, no other sport in our country can claim the position of cricket in respect to its fame and revenue generation with India being regarded as a cricket-mad nation.
Therefore when it was announced that BCCI is set to appoint a new coach, the news took the nation by storm with every fan speculating the golden name on its front. The BCCI had earlier set the June 10 as the deadline for candidates to apply for the role of India's head coach.
However, the short-term coaching staff was also put in place for the limited-overs series in Zimbabwe in June, with the aim of appointing a new long-term coach for the Test series against West Indies, scheduled for July-August. After BCCI advertised on its website for the coach's post, 57 aspirants from both India and outstation submitted their application from which the list was trimmed to 21.
Moreover, the high-profile Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) involving Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman completed the interview process in Kolkata last week, where they interviewed six to seven candidates for the role. But only Ravi Shastri and Anil Kumble were the contenders who made it to the final round leaving behind the eminent name of cricket like Stuart Law, Tom Moody, and Andy Moles.
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Primarily Shastri was the frontrunner for the job as he was backed by the cricketers.Sources also said that if the cricketers had been given a say in the matter, Shastri could have enjoyed a slight edge over the other applicant but it was Kumble’s Presentation which stole the show in front of the trinity of the judges.
Ending all the excitement The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) stated it officially in Dharamsala that they had consulted all "stakeholders of the game" formerly deciding to appoint Anil Kumble as the head coach of the national team. Moreover, Kumble brings with himself the enormous experience of 132 test matches and 271 one day internationals with the highest wickets by any Indian cricketer taking the tally to 956 wickets.
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Although Kumble has been given the time frame for just one year, it will be interesting to see how the things will span out for the team with new coach. No coach till now has been able to break the abroad jinx for the team, not even the last coach Duncan Fletcher who worked closely with the team till 2015 world cup. Now all the eyes will be on Kumble’s first assignment which is the team India tour of West Indies.
Will Kumble be the coach for which India has waited too long to turn the fortune? The time will tell as we gear up for the upcoming cricketing season starting this July.