Vinod Rai: 'Kumble was impeccable in his role as coach'

Kumble’s reign as coach ended on a bitter note as he resigned from the post, saying Kohli had reservations over his ‘style’ of functioning.

“Kumble role has been absolutely impeccable. He has done very well as a coach," said CoA head Vinod Rai.   -  PTI

Vinod Rai, the chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said former head coach Anil Kumble as a “more mature person."

“If any two persons are thrown together for 24x7, there'll be a difference of professional opinion, so what's there! His contract was for one year and well, there were perceptional issues, professional issues,” Rai said after the CoA meeting in Mumbai on Saturday.

“He (Kumble) is a more mature person. He decided that look... okay... fair enough. It's a captain who has to play on the field, isn't it, ultimately? And, I think Kumble's role has been absolutely impeccable. He has done very well as a coach. We will go in for an equally good professional, whether it's a captain or the manager but there should be cohesion in the team.”

Rai clarified that the deadline to apply for the coach's position has been extended to find the “best coach” available, and he can be associated with the team till the 2019 World Cup.

Rai also commended the BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and chief executive Rahul Johri for striking the best possible deal during the ICC meetings earlier in the week. “In the governance model, a lot of our suggestions have been accepted. And two groups have been formed, one headed by Mr. Chaudhary. The other group, in which Rahul Johri is there, (is the) strategic working group and the governance model group. The best thing that has happened for us is the ICC accepting that the governance document is a living document, which means it is a dynamic document,” Rai said.

“And this governance working group is going to make suggestions, in case some changes need to be brought up. I think that's a very major achievement. I have maintained all along that we should not be chasing 40 or 50 million dollars per annum... I think these issues have been played totally out of proportion and we have got a very good deal from the ICC. In terms of money, we have got 405 million dollars. In terms of governance also, how can you take a stand that the International Cricketing Committee will comprise of only eight or 10 people? Obviously more cricketing nations are coming. They will get added to to it. You have a one-by-eight or one-by-ten vote or whatever it is. I think the team has done extremely well.”

Rai, along with his colleagues in the CoA, will meet the state association representatives in two batches on Sunday to discuss the implementation of the Supreme Court-ordered reforms.

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