The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced Thursday that it will begin the process for new applicants for the position of head coach of the Indians men's cricket team, with Anil Kumble a direct entrant into the process by virtue of being the current coach.
Kumble's tenure expires following the conclusion of the ICC Champions Trophy - where India will hope to defend the title they won in 2013 under MS Dhoni - which runs from June 1 to 18. According to reports, the board is apparently miffed with Kumble's demand for a massive hike in central contracts for players and his own salary. Anil Kumble will have to go through a "fair and completely transparent process" of selection of India's coach if he is continue in his current role after the Champions Trophy.
The Indian cricket board also stated that a member of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) will oversee the hiring process for the national team head coach, which is set to be carried out by the Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising former Team India greats Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman.
According to the BCCI release, the trio of former India batsmen "will conduct interviews and seek presentations to select the best possible candidate to guide the team and take Indian cricket forward.”
While certain media reports have suggested that the BCCI may not be too happy with Kumble, the 46-year-old has had a successful stint with Team India, leading them to the summit of the ICC Test rankings with series victories against the West Indies (overseas), New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, and Australia.
Kumble, a former Indian Test captain and the country's most successful bowler, was named India coach on June 23, 2016 for a one-year period that started with India's four-Test tour of the West Indies last July. It was the first coaching role for India's greatest match-winner and something of a surprise given that he had no prior coaching experience at international or first-class level, which was one of the BCCI's criteria for applicants.
The 46-year-old was the last of the high-profile applicants to throw his name into the hat at the time and, given his gigantic reputation and cricketing pedigree, this sudden development threw the BCCI's hiring process for Indian's coach into something of a tizzy.
Kumble has been outspoken about giving a pay hike to the players and the coaches (including himself). Recently, Kumble’s former Team India spin-twin Harbhajan Singh wrote to the India coach, to bring to his attention the plight of the cricketers who take part in the Ranji Trophy.
Some reports also suggest that BCCI may be looking at a bigger role for Kumble, not unlike the Director of Cricket role being performed by former England captain Andrew Strauss for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).