Anil Kumble appointed head coach of Indian Cricket Team
Former India skipper Anil Kumble has been appointed the new head coach of the Indian cricket team for a period of 12 months. The 45-year-old former leg spinner fended off competition from 56 other applicants, including Ravi Shastri, India’s former team director, to the top post. After Duncan Fletcher’s contract had expired following the ICC World Cup in 2015, the post of head coach was left vacant with Shastri being appointed team director for subsequent tours. Kumble takes over the side from Shastri, whose contract expired after the World Twenty20. Kumble’s name for the role was put forth by the three-member advisory committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, headed by Sanjay Jagdale, the former BCCI secretary, who interviewed the shortlisted applicants about their goals and ambition for the future of Indian cricket. Kumble’s presentation is said to have been the clincher in his appointment.