Failed to resolve differences between Kohli and Kumble: BCCI

Board CEO Johri to seek detailed report from team manager on the coach-captain fiasco

Failed to resolve differences between Kohli and Kumble: BCCI
The BCCI has conceded that it failed to resolve the differences between Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli.
Top BCCI official, Rajeev Shukla, said all possible efforts were made to sort out the issues between the captain and the coach.

“BCCI tried its level best to resolve the issue. The acting secretary, the CEO, they discussed the matter with Kumble and Kohli in great detail, the board consulted the chairman of the COA (Vinod Rai) also,” Shukla told reporters.

“They tried to resolve the issues but eventually no outcome could be found out and Kumble decided to move on,” he added.

Kumble, in his statement, said that Kohli had reservations about his coaching ‘style’ and there partnership was untenable.

“BCCI wishes Kumble best for the future. Meanwhile, BCCI has decided to search further for the coach. Before the Sri Lanka tour, the coach will be appointed and it will be the best coach for India,” said Shukla.

When asked whether Virat Kohli was the only one who objected to Kumble as coach, he said: “All these are speculations.

As I said, sometimes there are differences of opinion and BCCI tried its level best to resolve the whole issue but sometimes things don’t work. Sometimes it happens that you can’t get along with someone.

“It is not that captain is given all the importance. We give importance to everybody. There are differences sometimes. They are also human beings,” Shukla added.

Report to be sought

The BCCI Chief Executive Officer Rahul Johri will seek a detailed report from Indian team’s administrative manager Kapil Malhotra on the Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli fiasco after the chief coach decided to quit.

It is learnt that COA chief Vinod Rai will discuss Kumble’s unceremonious exit with the BCCI top brass in Mumbai on June 24.

A senior BCCI official confirmed the development that Johri, who is currently in England for the ICC Annual Conference, has asked Malhotra to give a detailed report of what all transpired during the ICC Champions Trophy.

“Johri asked for a report from Malhotra about what exactly happened in England. Johri is expected to then submit it to COA chief Vinod Rai.

“Malhotra is currently in West Indies — his last assignment as Indian team’s administrative manager. He is expected to give his report to CEO soon,” the source told PTI on Wednesday. When asked whether the tension started much earlier than England, the source said that COA has even taken that into account.

“The CEO will also check if Anil Patel, the administrative manager during the entire home series has given any report mentioning the difference between the captain and the coach. If so, that report also needs to be submitted to the COA,” the source further added.

It was learnt that COA were only made aware of the differences when they spoke separately to Kohli and Kumble on the day of the IPL final.

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