Even as the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman is trying its best to find a solution to the ongoing tussle between India skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble, the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) feel that the captain’s stance holds importance.
A source in the COA told a cricket website CricketNext that while the committee has stayed away from the decision process, it is important that Kohli and Kumble are on the same page before the latter is handed an extension because it can create a rift in the team.
“The COA has no role to play in the appointment of the next India coach or in handing Kumble an extension. But, one thing that is clear is that Kohli and Kumble need to be on the same page if Kumble is to get an extension. Otherwise, a situation might arise wherein the players might find it difficult to handle the scenario. Imagine the coach wanting something and the skipper asking the players to do something else. That is a scenario that must be avoided.
“The Cricket Advisory Committee has legends in the form of Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman and they will take a call keeping the best interest of Indian cricket on their mind. Also, they are being assisted by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri. Hopefully a decision will be reached soon,” the source told CricketNext.
At the moment there seems to be no solution in the Kohli-Kumble tussle as news has now come in that Kohli met Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman with the BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, CEO Johri and general manager MV Sridhar on the eve of India’s Champions Trophy final against Pakistan. And Kohli is said to have made his position very clear and isn’t willing to patch-up with the coach.
The BCCI is a bit wary of the backlash if they remove Kumble because the team has done really well. “It is not the right thing to do when the man has given the performances expected of him. Yes, he hasn’t yet travelled abroad, but his performance at home has been spotless. No doubt the captain leads the team and he needs to be on the same page as the coach, but then again, the coach has done well and there is no doubting that,” a senior BCCI official told Cricketnext.