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Anil Kumble steps down as Indian Cricket Team Coach; refuses extension

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India confirms that Anil Kumble has withdrawn his services as the post of the head coach for the senior India men’s team. While the Cricket Advisory Committee had endorsed an extension to his tenure as head coach, Anil Kumble has decided not to continue as the coach,” a release from the Indian Board said.

Kumble’s decision comes in the wake of reports claiming rifts between him and Kohli, and just two days after India’s embarrassing loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final.

The news comes after Kumble recently re-applied for the position of the India coach. The other candidates in the fray include former Indian opener Virender Sehwag and Australia’s Tom Moody, who are tipped to be the frontrunners for the job. Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh and Lalchand Rajput.

Kumble’s one year contract expired at the end of the Champions Trophy but he was given the option to travel with the team to the West Indies for the limited overs series beginning on Friday.

However, Kumble has stayed back in London after the Champion’s Trophy, where he is currently attending the chief executives committee meeting being the chairman of the ICC’s cricket committee.

Kumble has had a very successful stint as coach, with India winning 12 and losing just one of the 17 Tests in which he has been in charge.

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