Kumble stays on as coach till West Indies tour

Indian Cricket coach Anil Kumble

Indian Cricket coach Anil Kumble

The BCCI on Sunday sent out a communication stating that the June 11 report by a leading English daily claiming the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) had demanded compensation for its meetings to select India's head coach, is "totally baseless and devoid of facts". The three legends of the game had met with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri after the India-Sri Lanka match at The Oval on Thursday and the Indian Express reported that the CAC comprising Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman told Johri that they did not want their services to be honorary.

In fact, BCCI acting president C.K. Khanna, after consultation with senior members like Rajiv Shukla, wrote a letter to acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, requesting him to defer the coach recruitment process till BCCI's Special General Meeting (SGM) is held on June 26 in Mumbai. The three-member committee met here on Thursday evening at a five-star facility and had a almost two hour discussion on issue of new coach's appointment but then informed BCCI CEO Rahul Johri that they would need more time.

CAC also has to undertake the role of selecting a new coach for the team once Kumble's term has ended.

The Committee of Administrators will take the final call.

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. "I was also in the selection committee which picked Kohli first and I am not getting into what others have to say about the coach".

Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, the CAC trio, met for the first time formally on June 8 in London and are understood to have had "good detailed discussions" on the matter. Apart from Kumble, former opener Virender Sehwag, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody, Englishman Richard Pybus, Afghanistan coach Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh have applied for the job. However, some BCCI officials are adamant to change the coach.

As per as ESPNcricinfo, the CAC will speak to both Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli in an attempt to resolve differences that have emerged between the pair. "It will go by whatever the CAC decides", said a source close to COA.

It has been learnt that CAC has backed their decision with a reasoning that Kumble has not lost a series during his one-year stint with the team.

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