A leaked email has reopened a controversial chapter in Indian cricket and shed more light on the messy power struggle between former India coach Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli.
The coach had stepped down in June this year, stating that differences with Kohli had made his position untenable. The email, which was published by ESPNcricinfo, claimed.
The controversial chapter in Indian cricket concerning Anil Kumble stepping down last year as the head coach has been reopened with Diana Edulji, one half of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), revealing the BCCI had “broken rules” while appointing Ravi Shastri as a replacement.
Edulji said that Virat Kohli, the India captain, constantly sent messages to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri about Kumble, which eventually lead to Kumble’s resignation.
Anil Kumble stepped down as India head coach a year into the job after he was told by the BCCI that Kohli had “reservations” with his style of coaching and over him continuing in the role.
Kumble’s contract was a year-long one, till the 2017 Champions Trophy. The BCCI had already advertised the job in late May, just as India landed in England for the Champions Trophy.
Kumble was asked to apply for his job after helping India secure the No.1 Test ranking while serving a one-year contract.
The former captain followed that process and was the candidate recommended by a Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) featuring icons Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly.
However, Kumble resigned shortly after and admitted at the time the “captain had reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as the head coach” and “the partnership was untenable”.
A leaked email from Diana Edulji raises fresh questions about just how much power Virat Kohli has in comparison to his cricket board.
Edulji is one half of India’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) that helped with last year’s process and is now encountering similar problems regarding their national women’s side.
“Virat did not accede to Kumble continuing in spite of CAC saying so,” Edulji wrote to the email that was allegedly sent on Monday to several BCCI officials.
“I see nothing wrong in women cricketers writing emails reg the coach. They were truthful in expressing their views unlike Virat who frequently sent sms’s to the CEO on which you acted and there was a change.”
Edulji, a former Test cricketer, added her “dissent is recorded when the timelines were extended for someone to apply (last year to coach Kohli’s team), he didn’t apply in time”.
“Mr Kumble … was subjected to loss of face and made to look like a villain,” she wrote.
“He was gracious enough to move on for which I respect him. Rules were broken and I had raised objections back then.”
In his response, Rai admitted Kohli’s hand. “Yes- there were differences between Virat and Kumble. As a consequence of that Kumble stepped back.”
Earlier, Anil Kumble resigns as partnership with Kohli becomes ‘untenable’
Hours after resigning as India coach, Anil Kumble said he was “informed for the first time by the BCCI that the captain had reservations with my style and about my continuing as head coach”.
While stating that the cricket advisory committee (CAC) charged with deciding on who will be coach had backed him for the job, Kumble said “It was apparent the partnership [with Virat Kohli] was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on”.