Anil Kumble's Stepping Down As Cricket Team Coach Raises A Bigger Question

Anil Kumble’s Stepping Down As Cricket Team Coach Raises A Bigger Question

The coach of the Indian cricket team, Anil Kumble stepped down from his position. Kumble didn’t accompany the team to the West Indies for the upcoming limited-overs series starting June 23. Kumble was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour in 2005. After having played for 18 years, he announced his retirement from international cricket in November 2008. In October 2012, Kumble was appointed the chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC)’s cricket committee.

Here Is Kumble’s full statement to understand the entire matter:
“I am honoured by the confidence reposed in me by the CAC, in asking me to continue as Head Coach. The credit for the achievements of the last one year goes to the Captain, the entire team, coaching and support staff.

Post this intimation, I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as the Head Coach. I was surprised since I have always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach. Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the Captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on.

Professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and diverse views are the key traits I bring to the table. These need to be valued for the partnership to be effective. I see the Coach’s role akin to ‘holding a mirror’ to drive self-improvement in the team’s interest.

In light of these ‘reservations’ I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit. Let me reiterate that it has been an absolute privilege to have served as Head Coach for the last one year. I thank the CAC, BCCI, CoA and all concerned.

It is not just about stepping down of great cricket icon Kumble, it is about the attitude of young cricketers, who have made big money & name. Do you think these youngsters are doing justice to the spirit of the sports that is the heartthrob of all Indians? Former India spinner Bishan Bedi very rightly tweeted: “Gratitude has obviously been thrown out of the window by whoever raising ‘revolt’ against India’s giant @anilkumble1074! Loser’s Indian Cricket of course!”

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