Choudhary plays down rift between Indian team and Kumble

“I’m not even aware of it”

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Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary has described reports of a simmering dispute between the national team and head coach Anil Kumble as a “realm of imagination”.

It is understood that the Indian players are “intimidated” by Kumble’s coaching style, which has been compared to that of a “headmaster”.

However, Choudhary has refuted these claims, saying: “[A] question was put to me as to whether something is there or not there. I said I’m not even aware of it. These are purely speculation.”

Kumble’s contract as head coach expires at the end of the Champions Trophy later this month and the BCCI have already invited candidates to apply for the post.

However, the board has made it clear that Kumble will be reconsidered for the position should the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), which consists of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, feel that he deserves to keep hold of the role.

When questioned why the BCCI had advertised for the head coach job just a week before the start of the Champions Trophy, Choudhary pointed out that this was the best time to do it.

“You can see the full calendar and tell me at what position there was a free slot,” he said. “After one tournament, there is another, then another series. It had to be done at some point. This is a process which is well-defined.

“The appointment made last year was after a process had been gone through, and at the end of that process an appointment was made. The appointment was made for a period. That period is coming to an end, so the BCCI is just following the process. If you don’t follow a process, it’s not supposed to be good. If you follow a process, it’s supposed to be good, isn’t it?”

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