Anil Kumble forms 'fine-collecting' committee with Bhuvneshwar Kumar as chairman

Anil Kumble forms 'fine-collecting' committee with Bhuvneshwar Kumar as chairman

Anil Kumble has taken an extra step to further cement his no-nonsense approach towards his role as the head coach of the Indian cricket team, forming a 'committee' to collect USD 50 fines from late-coming players after introducing the rule recently during the tour of West Indies.

Kumble, who beat Ravi Shastri to the post in June, has appointed pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the Chairman of the committee, with Cheteshwar Pujara set to collect fines and Shikhar Dhawan to hear appeals from players who feel they have been fined wrongly, according to a report on Cricbuzz.

Anil Kumble. Reuters

Anil Kumble. Reuters

Kumble restarted the John Wright-era 'Buddy' programme — where a senior player pairs up with a junior, with the purpose of the experiment being the improvement of communication between the team members. The former Indian leg-spinner made headlines after introducing the fine for players turning up late to the team bus.

"We have a Fine Committee now. It's mostly related to punctuality. Some rules are there - if you are not on time for something, then you have to give a fine.

According to India Today, nobody from the Indian squad has been fined as yet. He also added that the collections from the fines will go towards charity.

"We've had a trial run so far, but the committee's work actually started yesterday. No one has been fined yet. It's difficult to say who will give the most fines, it depends on punctuality and a lot of other things.

"Whatever we collect, it will go to charity. We have not yet decided which charity and so on, but that will be decided soon," Bhuvneshwar was quoted as saying in the report.

Aside from the 'Buddy' programme and the fine, Kumble has also fixed proper times for the players to get their massages.

A few members of the travelling party were reprimanded by the BCCI for posing with beer bottles and sharing pictures of the same on their social media accounts. The Indian board advised the concerned players to "behave like the role models that they were supposed to be."

India drew both their practice games against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President's XI in Basseterre after landing in the Caribbean earlier this month. India face an unfancied West Indian side in a four-Test series. The first match is set to start on 21 July, with the remaining games scheduled to take place at Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad.

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