Anil Kumble appointed India head coach
The Board of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) announced on Thursday that former India skipper Anil Kumble will be the head coach of the Indian cricket team for a period of one year.
The other big names in contention for the job were Ravi Shastri, Tom Moody, Stuart Law, Lalchand Rajput, Pravin Amre and Andy Moles.
“Indian cricket team deserves the best coach, BCCI has complete faith in Kumble. It is not about an Indian or a foreign coach, it is about best coach for India,” BCCI president Anurag Thakur told a news conference.
Thakur also said that the support staff will be announced at a later date after further deliberations.
“Bowling and batting coaches will be decided later,” Thakur, who is also a BJP MP, said.
Kumble has no coaching experience but has mentored Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL. The former India skipper has shared the dressing room with Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. The 45-year-old, who made a 45-minute presentation on Tuesday, is one of the favourites to get the job.