New Delhi: Rift between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and present coach Anil Kumble is expected to widen as Kumble is not accompanying team India on their West Indies tour for a limited-over series starting June 23, citing his commitment to an ICC meeting.
The official reason being stated is that Kumble has to attend an ICC meeting as he is the chairman of the Cricket Committee in-charge as has take a call on rules and regulations of the game. The ICC Annual Conference started on Monday and will continue till June 23. Kumble’s Cricket Committee meeting will be held on June 22.
“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 news without telling his future plans that whether he will join the team or not.
Speculations are high in BCCI that there is something unusual going on between Indian skipper and coach Anil Kumble as in the meeting between Kohli and Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising – Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman , Kohli has categorically said there are not healthy relations between the two.
“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 said.
According to media reports there was hardly any communication between these two in practice session during Champions Trophy with chief coach mostly keeping to himself or giving some practice to the bowlers.