Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman in contention for Team India’s head coach post, says reports

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As Ravi Shastri‘s term ends after the T20 World Cup, the BCCI, lead by Sourav Ganguly, may urge Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman to apply for the position of head coach of the Indian team alongside Sourav Ganguly.

Kumble was the coach of the Indian side for a year from 2016 and 2017, when he was selected by the Cricket Advisory Committee, which included Sachin Tendulkar, Laxman, and Ganguly, to replace Shastri.

After a tumultuous relationship with skipper Virat Kohli, Kumble resigned after India’s Champions Trophy final defeat against Pakistan.

Along with Kumble, the board may contact Laxman, who has coached Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL for several years.

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Kumble, on the other hand, will be the favourite, while Laxman will also be in the mix.

“Anil Kumble’s exit needs course correction. The manner in which the CoA succumbed to the pressure of Kohli and removed him, wasn’t the best example set. However it also depends on whether Kumble or Laxman are ready to apply for the job” A senior BCCI source privy to development told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

A recognised Indian coach is typically the first choice for the BCCI leadership; and both Kumble and Laxman, with their standing in Indian cricket and coaching expertise, fit the description nicely.

The second alternative is to take a foreign coach.

“The criteria for BCCI’s coach’s job will be such that only a select few with very good record as player as well as experience of coaching/mentorship can apply for the top job,” the source said.

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