ANIL KUMBLE APPOINTED INDIA HEAD COACHFeatured

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CRICKET// Former India captain Anil Kumble has been appointed coach of the national side for one year, the BCCI last month. His first assignment will be India’s four-Test tour of the West Indies. The question of who would take over as India coach has been a talking point since Ravi Shastri's tenure as team director ended after the World T20. The BCCI put out an advertisement for a new coach in the first week of June and received 57 applications, including Kumble’s. However, it appears he was not among the 21 names shortlisted by the BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke’s office. The Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, assigned to pick India’s next coach asked for Kumble’s name to be included, at which point he became an instant favourite. The committee interviewed Kumble and a handful of other candidates in Kolkata on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, they made their recommendations to the BCCI. Thakur, along with Shirke, made the final call.

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