Kumble steps down after shameful defeat in CT-17 final


Mumbai, June 20 (TNS): After shameful defeat by arch rivals Pakistan in Champions Trophy final, Anil Kumble has quit as Team India cricket coach.

The former India spinner and captain did not travel with the team to West Indies where the Men in Blue are scheduled to play five ODIs and a T20I.

Kumble’s future was in serious doubt even before the start of the Champions Trophy in England when reports of a rift between him and captain Virat Kohli emerged.

Kohli soon rubbished those reports as the Indian team went on to the reach the final of the tournament, where they lost to arch-rivals Pakistan by 180 runs at the Oval in London.

But on Tuesday, the Indian team had left for the West Indies for the upcoming limited overs series without Kumble as the former Indian captain stayed back in London to attend an ICC meeting.

The BCCI, in a release, revealed that Cricket Advisory Committee (Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman) had endorsed Kumble’s extension but the former Indian skipper decided not to continue as coach.

“We wish to place on record our sincere appreciation for the immense contribution by Anil Kumble to the team which enabled India to attain the No.1 Test position.

Indian cricket needs his continued contribution in various capacities and wishes him all the best in his future endeavour,” Mr. Amitabh Choudhary, acting secretary of the Indian cricket board said in the release.