FALLOUT: Indian players and coach Kumble at loggerheads ahead of CT?


The Indian cricket team is now in England and Wales preparing for the eighth edition of ICC Champions Trophy. Players are unhappy that there is no freedom in the dressing room.

With Kumble's contract running out at the end of the Champions Trophy in June, the Indian cricket board had last week invited applications for the role of the team's head coach, making it clear that Anil Kumble would not get an automatic extension.

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With the all-important opener scheduled for June 4 when India take on arch-rivals Pakistan, these rumours are the last thing the players would want to deal with.

The first real indication of such issues brewing in the Indian dressing room emerged when the BCCI made a decision to invite fresh applicants for the post of the Team India head coach last week.

"Team India cricketers are apparently not very happy with Anil Kumble and they have complained to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) about the coach's overbearing attitude". Sources also say that Tom Moody could also be in contention as India's head coach.

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BCCI officials doubt that fissure in the team harmony began to widen over left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav' selection in the India - Australia series. The former India team skipper has also been credited for providing ample opportunities to youngsters in the Indian Premier League (IPL) during his time with the Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils. After an impressive victory in the first warm-up game against New Zealand, the Men in Blue will take on Bangladesh in their final practice match on Tuesday. He even asked for a substantial hike in the wages which again didn't go down well with some BCCI mandarins.

CoA: The Supreme Court-appointed committee has been backing Kumble but is anxious over the "rift" between the coach and players.

It is also being reported that the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) - which comprises of former cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman - will try to broker peace between the senior players and the coach.

It is speculated that might not get an extension after the Champions Trophy since he has rubbed the BCCI the wrong way.

If Kohli has anything for or against Kumble, he can meet the three-member panel and be open about it later on.