Anil Kumble has stepped down as India coach, four days before the limited-overs tour of the Caribbean begins. A few hours after his resignation, Kumble tweeted a statement, saying he was “informed for the first time yesterday [Monday] by the BCCI that the captain had reservations with my style and about my continuing as head coach”.
Two days before the Champions Trophy kicked off in England, it emerged in the media that India captain Virat Kohli had told BCCI officials that some players were uncomfortable with the “intimidating” style of Kumble’s man management. As a result, despite India’s success in Kumble’s year in charge, during which the team climbed to No.1 in the Test rankings, the board advertised for fresh interviews for the head-coach’s position instead of extending his contract.
The timing of Kumble’s decision was striking: he resigned even as the Indian squad was mid-flight to the Caribbean, where the first of five ODIs is on June 23. While the squad flew out early on Monday morning, Kumble stayed back in London. As chairman of the ICC’s cricket committee, he is attending the chief executives committee meeting in London.