Anil Kumble steps down as coach of Indian cricket team: reports

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Amid speculation of a rift between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and team coach Anil Kumble, the latter stepped down from his post on Tuesday after the team’s loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final, according to Indian media reports.

ANI reported that Kumble’s contract had expired and he did not wish to continue his job as the team’s head coach.

However, Times of India reported that there is a perception in the Board of Control for Cricket in India that Kohli, in a meeting with the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, made it clear that his relationship with Kumble had reached a dead end.

The Indian daily reported that there was hardly any communication between Kumble and Kohli during the series, with the coach mostly keeping to himself or getting involved in bowling practice.

He has had a successful career as coach of the Indian team, with India winning 12 of 17 Tests played in his tenure.

ToI reported that Kumble would ordinarily have received an automatic extension in his contract if not for the alleged rift with Kohli.

Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman have been given the task of selecting the team’s next coach.

Following the Champions Trophy, Kumble stayed back in order to attend the International Cricket Council ‘Annual Conference’ which goes on from June 19-23, instead of accompanying the Indian cricket team to the West Indies for a limited-overs series, ToI reported.

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