Hours after the Virat and company left for their ICC Champions Trophy the BCCI issued a press release, inviting applications for the position of the Head Coach for the men's team. Although the board has not made any distinct connection between the two, sources in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have told that they are 'unhappy' with Anil Kumble's role in players' pay negotiations just before the Indian Premier League final.
The former Indian leg-spinner to the Committee of Administrators (CoA), while Indian skipper Virat Kohli joined on Skype, asking for 150 per cent hike in the retainership of the Grade A cricketers. Also, the 46-year-old coach himself demanded Rs 7.5 crore per annum. His present salary is around Rs 6.25 crore.
The clemency, headlined 'Applications invited for the position of Head Coach for the Men In Blue (Men)', states: "The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would like to call upon interested candidates to apply for the position of 'Head Coach' for Indian Cricket Team (Men).
"The process has been initiated since the term of the current coach, Mr. Anil Kumble concludes with the Champions Trophy," it more said.
"Present Head Coach, Mr. Anil Kumble will be a direct access for the process.
"To ensure a fair and completely transparent process, a nominee of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) will oversee the entire process along with the Cricket Advisory Committee," it added.
"The BCCI's three-member Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, Mr. Sourav Ganguly and Mr. VVS Laxman will conduct interviews and seek presentations to select the best possible candidate to guide the team and take Indian Cricket forward," it adds.
Although the administrators have given a chance to the former RCB spinner to return to the top job, they aren't making his road any easier.
Kumble will once again have to send his CV and emerge for an interview with the Cricket Advisory Committee of Ganguly, Tendulkar and Laxman.
"Obviously, he is in contention as the current chief coach," a BCCI definite told PTI.
The startling aspect has been the timing of the disclosure for inviting fresh applications as the team just landed in United Kingdom on Thursday for their Champions Trophy defence.
"Obviously BCCI could have waited till the end of the Champions Trophy to invite applications. But then no one should take his place for granted," the authority added.
"Kumble is bargaining for himself as well as the players. Fair enough but tomorrow if BCCI decides to replace him, he will not be in a position to bargain. Some of his demands have been simply inexplicable," the authoritative said.
Some in the cricket circuit feel, "the legendary player has been insulted by the BCCI and the process could have been done after the Champions Trophy was over."
The bowling legend has also asked for the promotion of Sanjay Bangar as assistant coach and former Indian seamer Zaheer Khan as bowling coach.