Fans slam BCCI for 'disrespectful' birthday message to former Indian captain Anil Kumble

The Board of Control for Cricket in India joined in the well wishes for Kumble's 47th birthday but quickly backtracked after its low-key description sent fans into a spin.

AFP, Oct, 17 2017

New Delhi: India's powerful cricket board hastily deleted a birthday message for record Test wicket-taker Anil Kumble on Tuesday after irate fans took offence at the spinning great being described simply as a "former bowler".

The row follows Kumble's acrimonious departure as national coach in June, when he quit saying his relationship with captain Virat Kohli was "untenable".

File photo of Anil Kumble. PTI

File photo of Anil Kumble. PTI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India joined in the well wishes for Kumble's 47th birthday but quickly backtracked after its low-key description sent fans into a spin.

"Here's wishing former #TeamIndia bowler @anilkumble1074 a very happy birthday," read the BCCI message on its official Twitter account, before the post was deleted.

Fans of Kumble were angered, saying the board was playing down the achievements of India's greatest bowler.

"Umm bowler? Wasn't he also Captain and Coach and is India's leading Wicket taker?" replied television journalist and author Digvijay Singh Deo on Twitter.

Other fans urged the board to give Kumble his "due respect".

The BCCI then tweeted another message calling him "former captain" and "legend", but the damage was done.

Kumble's relationship with the BCCI was the subject of much speculation after his resignation.

It was reported in the Indian press that board officials tried to salvage ties between Kumble amd Kohli, but that the relationship was beyond repair.

Kumble, who played for India for 17 years, has never commented publicly on the matter. Ravi Shastri was since been appointed coach of the Indian side.

Kumble, or 'Jumbo' as he is fondly known, remains India's highest Test wicket-taker with his 619 scalps in 132 matches.

Published Date: Oct 17, 2017 | Updated Date: Oct 17, 2017




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