The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday named Anil Kumble as the new head coach for team India for next one year after a three-member empowered panel comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman finalised the name after interviewing seven candidates.
Apart from Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri, Sandeep Patil and Venkatesh Prasad were the other high-profile candidates in the race to become India’s next coach.
However, the legendary leg-spinner won the race and appointed as the head coach.
And, interestingly soon after his appointment other two candidates Ravi Shastri and Sandeep Patil had interesting remarks to make.
Talking to Mid-Day Shastri seemd not entirely pleased with the BCCI’s decesion. He said: “Yes, for the work put in, and results produced in the last 18 months. But if it (tenure) was for only one year then, not really. It’s time to move on and do what you do best. I must say I had the ultimate experience with a young and happening side. I wish Anil and the team all the luck.”
While Sandi Patil expressed his happiness on BCCI’s decesion and said: “I am very happy for Anil. I congratulated him in advance because he was a frontrunner. We had a fabulous committee to choose the new coach and I’m glad we have selected him.”
“Let’s not get into why ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’ didn’t get picked. Now that the coach is selected, let us back him to the hilt,” Patil added.
Kumble will start coaching the Virat Kohli-led team for the upcoming four Test series in West Indies from July 21 to August 22.