Vinod Rai says he would have extended tenure of Anil Kumble as head coach, but left with no choice
Bengaluru, October 24: Vinod Rai, whose tenure as the head of Committee of Administrators (CoA) ended with Sourav Ganguly taking over the BCCI president, said he would have liked to extend the stint of Anil Kumble as the head coach had his contract contained an extension clause.
Kumble stepped down from the post of India's head coach after the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 following differences with skipper Virat Kohli.
"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," Rai was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.
"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?
"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.