Anil Kumble was touted as the favourite to replace Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the Indian team but he reportedly isn’t keen.
With Ravi Shastri’s tenure as the head coach of the Indian cricket team set to end after the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been looking at his possible successors. Reports of the Indian board wanting to bring back Anil Kumble emerged a few weeks ago but it has now been learned that Jumbo isn’t in the race to replace Shastri.
The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who wanted Kumble to continue coaching the Indian team after the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, reportedly wanted him to return as the team’s head coach. But, a report has now claimed that neither is Kumble keen to take up the job again nor other senior BCCI officials (barring Ganguly) are looking to bring him back.
“Well, neither Anil Kumble wants to return, nor the BCCI officials, other than president Sourav Ganguly, are too interested in him. The Board is looking for a foreign coach now. Kumble knows that he will have to face the same old team members (Virat Kohli and others in the team), nothing new, then why would he return? And moreover, Dada (Ganguly) has recommended his name, but other officials expressed their disagreement on it,” a highly-placed source was quoted as saying by IANS.
One of the major reasons behind the sentiment within the board over Kumble’s re-recruitment is reportedly his ‘not so impressive record’. Kumble is presently coaching Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Punjab Kings (PBKS) but hasn’t yet been able to help his franchise even qualify for playoffs.
“VVS Laxman also will not be able to get the post. However, there’s still a month left, so let’s see what comes or some change of mind! Also, look at Kumble’s record as a coach, it is not that impressive. See what is happening with Kings Punjab in IPL,” the source further told the news agency.
The name of VVS Laxman had also floated but the report claims that he wouldn’t be able to take up the job either. Hence, it is extremely likely that after a long while, a foreign coach would finally be put in charge of the Indian team.