Bedi: 'Kumble-Kohli issue badly handled'

The Indian spin legend said that the Kumble-Virat Kohli row was also reflective of the mess that the BCCI is in.

Bedi: 'Anil may not be a qualified coach but he has the best cricketing brain in the country'.   -  V.V. Subrahmanyam

Former India spinner Bishan Singh Bedi says that Anil Kumble, who quit as India head coach recently, has not been given his due and that he feels sorry for the great cricketer.

“If this can happen to a cricketer of Anil’s stature, you can imagine the situation for anyone stepping into Anil’s shoes,” Bedi said on the sidelines of a private event here on Thursday. 

“Anil may not be a qualified coach but he has the best cricketing brain in the country. The whole issue was badly handled,” he said.  “You can’t get away and wash your hands off the whole issue. What is the message that we are trying to send across,” he asked. 

“It will be definitely huge pressure for anyone who steps in and takes over the job now. It is not about who is the boss on and off the field. You may have differences of opinion but not different paths,” Bedi said.

“It is important to know how it was allowed to develop into such a sorry state of affairs,” he asked. 

Bedi said that the Kumble-Virat Kohli row was also reflective of the mess that the BCCI is in.  “You are all seeing how disqualified people are being appointed on the committees to study the implementation of the Justice Lodha panel recommendations,” he said.

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