COA Chief Vinod Rai reveals Anil Kumble’s contract didn’t have an extension clause

Anil Kumble was appointed as the Head Coach of the Indian team in June 2016.

Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble were not on the same page that led his resignation as head coach of India Team | Getty Images

Vinod Rai, Head of the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to direct Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) affairs, has recently revealed on 24 June that Anil Kumble had been recommended for two years as Head Coach of the Indian Team, but he was handed a contract of one year in June 2016.

He also revealed that there was no clause for extension in Kumble’s contract as head coach of the national side, as everyone was expecting Kumble to be replaced by someone who would coach the team till the end of the 2019 World Cup. 

Kumble resigned from the top role following the 'untenable' relation with skipper Virat Kohli just before the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, where India ended as runners-up lost the coveted title to arch-rivals Pakistan last year.

Later, the Board of Control for Cricket in India invited applications for the top role with Kumble being given a direct entry because they didn’t have a second choice and the BCCI came under the scanner, as Indian cricket legend’s contract didn’t have an extension clause.

Rai told The Times of India, “Kumble had been recommended for two years but he had been given only a one-year contract. That's what we were told. I saw the contract, which was for one year, and it did not have a clause for an extension. We were also told - and that's a fact - the decision to select or whom to select was done by the CAC comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.”

The CoA head signed off by saying, 'since there is no extension clause, we have to go through a process and that process involves calling for applications, inviting people or requesting people to put in their applications - whichever way you want to do it. The set of applications were to be looked into by the CAC and the CoA categorically told the CAC that whatever their advice is okay by us because we thought whatever they advise is the best as far as the Indian team is concerned.”


By Rashmi Nanda - 25 Jun, 2018

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