Anil Kumble throws hat in ring for India’s Chief Coach job

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Former India captain Anil Kumble is among the few high-profile former Indian cricketers who have thrown their hat for Indian team head coach job. However, it will be interesting to see whether Kumble’s application for head coach would fit the criteria set by the BCCI. The first condition, as stated by the board, read: ‘Should have successfully coaches a cricket team of any of the member countries of the ICC, at the first class or at the International level’. Kumble was a chief mentor to the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians for two years after a similar role with the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kumble confirmed s that he had sent his application : “Yes, I have applied”. The 45-year-old has played 132 Tests matches and 271 ODI’s in his nearly two decade old international career. Ravi Shastri, who recently completed his tenure as director of Team Director of the Indian team, and Sandeep Patil, the current chairman of selectors, are couple of other former cricketers who have already applied. All in 57 candidates have thrown their hat in the coaching ring, according to BCCI. Meanwhile, it’s also learnt that former India all-rounder Robin Singh too has applied for the coach job. Singh has been part of Mumbai Indians in the IPL for many years now – he was the coach in their third season. In its press release BCCI had stated that they are processing the list of candidates. “The primary scrutiny of the applications received is now being carried out by the Office of the Honorary Secretary of the BCCI, with regards to the applicants, meeting the set eligibility criteria. After this initial scrutiny, the list of candidates who meet the criteria will be processed for further consideration.”

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