Former India test captain Anil Kumble has been named head coach of the Indian cricket team for a period of one year. He will take charge at the squad’s preparatory camp ahead of the upcoming tour of the West Indies next month.

BCCI president Anurag Thakur announced that Anil Kumble will be Indian cricket team’s head coach for the next year.

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BCCI president Anurag Thakur said in the conference, “We had fixed the criteria, many people applied and the advisory panel has gone through the process, interviewed a few and recommended some names to the BCCI. After due discussions with various stakeholders, we have taken the final call that for the next one year, Anil Kumble will be the head coach. As far as the other coaches for bowling and fielding are concerned, the announcement will be made soon.”

Anil Kumble has no coaching experience but has mentored Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL. Anil Kumble has shared the dressing room with Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. The 45-year-old, who made a 45-minute presentation on Tuesday, is one of the favourites to get the job.

Anil Kumble said after the BCCI’s announcement, “It’s a huge responsibility; I am ready to take this role. Coaches come later, it’s always players first. Strategy will be to win… It’s a great honour to be back in Indian dressing room in a different role.”

Anil Kumble played 132 Test matches and 271 ODIs in a career spanning close to two decades. Kumble finished his Test career with 619 scalps and accumulated 337 ODI wickets which put his combined tally at 956 in two formats. Anil Kumble was the only bowler after England’s Jim Laker to have taken all 10 wickets in a Test innings.

The BCCI received 57 applications for the post and trimmed it down to 21 before handing over the list to CAC that interviewed the candidates shortlisted by them. Among them were Ravi Shastri, Lalchand Rajput, Pravin Amre, Kumble, Tom Moody, Stuart Law and Andy Moles.