West Indies vs India: Coach Anil Kumble does not accompany squad for tour, stays back for ICC meeting

PTI, Jun, 20 2017

London: In a new twist to his speculated rift with captain Virat Kohli, chief coach Anil Kumble has not accompanied the Indian team to the West Indies for a limited- overs series starting 23 June, citing his commitment to an ICC meeting in London.

The official reason being given is that Kumble is required to stay back for the ICC 'Annual Conference' as he is the chairman of the Cricket Committee in-charge of taking a call on laws and regulations of the game.

File image of Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble. PTI

File image of Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble. PTI

The ICC Annual Conference started on Monday and will continue till 23 June.

Kumble's Cricket Committee meeting will be held on 22 June.

"Yes, chief coach Anil Kumble is staying back for the ICC Meeting. The team is flying off to Barbados today," a team source confirmed the development without commenting whether he will join the team at all.

It is being widely perceived in the BCCI that in the meeting between Kohli and Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising — Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman — the skipper made it clear that his relationship with the coach has reached a dead end.

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was not available for comment.

Another BCCI official commented that these are not great signs.

"Funny, the ICC Meeting dates are known for months and so is the West Indies itinerary. You mean Anil didn't know he had to choose between ICC Meeting and the West Indies tour. May be he is finding it too difficult to continue," the official told PTI.

During the entire Champions Trophy, there was hardly any communication between the two during the practice session with chief coach mostly keeping to himself or giving some practice to the bowlers.

Published Date: Jun 20, 2017 | Updated Date: Jun 20, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
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