CoA chief Vinod Rai on hunt for next India coach: The process has to be undergone

first_imgCommittee of Administrators chief (CoA) Vinod Rai squashed all reports of a rift between India captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble.Rai spoke to India Today, days after historian Ramachandra Guha became the first member to resign from CoA after citing various factors. Guha in a hard-hitting letter to Rai had backed Kumble’s extension as coach and had slammed the superstar culture still prevalent in Indian cricket.”Nothing reinforces it. I can assure you that our captain Virat Kohli is an absolutely through professional and Anil Kumble is a person of great achievements.”Earlier, Kohli also came out and denied any reports of a rift between him and the coach.”There has been lot of speculation and lot of things being written by people without actually being part of the dressing room which is very strange. There are no problems (with coach Anil Kumble). As I said before if something is placed in a process, I don’t understand why people are creating so many speculation about it. It was followed last time as well and nobody created issues. It’s the same process. The team is totally focused on the Champions Trophy,” said the 28-year-old.Kohli further said that the journey with Kumble was really good.”It’s been really good. The whole journey has been good,” Kohli added.Kumble was appointed coach by a committee that comprised of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman and he’s one year term is coming to an end soon. Talking about the process of appointing a new coach, Rai said that there is a process and it will be followed.advertisement”Whatever has to happen, has to be done with a due process. Last year when Kumble was appointed, he was appointed by a committee of specialists in that game. Whether it’s a process of an extension or the process of renewing a contract or appointing somebody new…that process has to be undergone.””You must acknowledge that there is no more credible committee than that of Sachin, Sourav and VVS Laxman,” he added.The CoA chief also said that the board is taking every possible step to ensure the security of the players after the attacks in Manchester and London.”Our security officer is in touch with them and we’re going to take every step possible to ensure that our team, our support staff and all our members are totally secure,” said Rai.India won their first match against Pakistan by 124 runs at Edgbaston and will next play Sri Lanka at The Oval on Thursday.last_img

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