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If it had happened today, Sourav would have thrust Kumble down Virat’s throat: Vinod Rai on coach-captain rift

first_imgThe former head of the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) Vinod Rai has revealed that he was in favour of continuing with Anil Kumble as India coach after the widely-publicized fallout in 2017 between the legendary spinner and Indian captain Virat Kohli. During his one-year term Kumble turned out to be one of the most successful coaches with India excelling in all formats of the game, especially in Test cricket. But due to differences arising between him and Kohli, Kumble was ultimately forced to resign from his post as the BCCI started looking for his replacements.In an interview with Hindustan Times, Rai said that he would have extended Kumble’s contract if it had an extension clause.”Anil Kumble was the best coach available. If his contract had an extension clause, I would have extended it. I have too much respect and regard for Kumble. But since there was no extension clause and since I wasn’t equipped to decide, we fell back on CAC. We inherited the CAC, not created it,” said Rai after the tenure of the CoA came to an end on Wednesday.Rai also went into the details of what went on between him, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and the coach-captain duo as the tumultuous events unfolded during the Champions Trophy 2017.”I had a long chat with Sachin then and Sourav now. I met Sachin in Birmingham during the Champions Trophythey were meeting Kumble and Viratand I told Sachin I had a long chat with Virat (when he was in Mumbai and I was in Hyderabad) on the telephone. I barely knew Virat then. I told Sachin, I felt he was not willing to accept that Kumble continues. So you people have a word with him. Coming from people of your stature, you may be able to persuade him’. I know Sachin and Sourav spoke to him. Sourav told me recently that they had a long chat with him. If they couldn’t persuade him how could I?advertisement”Look, if there is a difference in the dressing room between captain and coach, who is more dispensable? Obviously, the coach. That’s where we got caught. Dirty linen got washed in public. Ramachandra Guha resigned (as CoA member). The same thing arose with the issue of Mithali Raj and Ramesh Powar. Dissonance in the dressing room and we had to fall back on CAC again. There was so much controversy. Who could have handled it better? If this had happened today, Sourav would have thrust Kumble down Virat’s throat. But it could have created more tensions. I respected Kumble because he walked out,” said Rai.On the issue of old faces still holding positions of power within the BCCI and it’s various State units, Rai hopes that the mandatory ‘cooling-off’ period introduced due to the Lodha reforms will restrict the practice.”The constitution doesn’t bar a brother or sister or daughter from coming in. It is the mindset of those who were holding BCCI captive that has tried to find loopholes. I still don’t care. I think the cooling-off principle will restrict that… the three states who didn’t comply were not there at the AGM,” concluded Rai.Also Read | Road ahead for new BCCI president Sourav Ganguly: Position in ICC, Day-Night TestsAlso Read | Back to BCCI from CoA: Recapping the last 33 months of Indian cricketlast_img read more

‘Hazard is too good for this Chelsea team’

first_imgJermaine Jenas has claimed that Eden Hazard is too good for the current Chelsea squad. Hazard put in another strong display on Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough as the Blues fell 1-0 to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg. The Belgian has been forced to shoulder much of the load for Chelsea this term, with several of his team-mates failing to hit their best form.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Hazard leads the Blues in scoring this season, netting 12 goals in all competitions, and has been moved into a false nine role with Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata failing to get the job done up top. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live after the match, former England midfielder Jenas had plenty of praise for Hazard, as well as criticism for his team-mates. “I thought Eden Hazard was unplayable,” Jenas said. “He has gone by everybody and he must be thinking, ‘what more do you need me to do?’“Chelsea are a top side but I think he has outgrown them and he is above [the] level of everybody around him.”I never thought I would say it, but he’s too good for this Chelsea team.”Hazard’s future with Chelsea is in doubt, with the Belgian having yet to agree terms on a new contract. Real Madrid have been continuously linked with Hazard, whose current deal with Chelsea runs out at the end of next season. And the 28-year-old has refused to offer many assurances to Blues fans, having called Madrid a “dream” move in October.last_img read more