Anil Kum­ble gets a jumbo role as Team In­dia coach SE­COND IN­NINGS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - N Anan­tha­narayanan let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Indian cricket board on Thurs­day made former skip­per and spin great Anil Kum­ble the na­tional coach for a one-year term, end­ing a 16-year tra­di­tion of giv­ing for­eign­ers the role.

The an­nounce­ment sug­gested that an ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee of Sourav Gan­guly, Sachin Ten­dulkar and VVS Lax­man pre­vailed in the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia’s (BCCI) de­ci­sion to pick their former team­mate from a 21-can­di­date short­list, which in­cluded former crick­eter Ravi Shas­tri.

The 45-year-old Kum­ble holds the Indian record for most Test and one-day in­ter­na­tional wick­ets — 619 and 334 re­spec­tively — but hardly has any coach­ing cre­den­tials.

He be­comes the first home­grown coach af­ter a string of for­eign coaches since Kiwi John Wright’s ap­point­ment in 2000. The leg­endary Kapil Dev coached the team be­fore Wright. “It’s a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity, HIS RECORD ready to take this role. Coaches come later, it’s al­ways play­ers first. Strat­egy will be to win,” said Kum­ble, who led In­dia in 14 Tests.

Union fi­nance min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley de­fended key pol­icy mak­ers for the se­cond time in 24 hours on Thurs­day as BJP par­lia­men­tar­ian Subra­ma­nian Swamy con­tin­ued his tirade against top civil ser­vants, em­bar­rass­ing the Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment.

“An un­fair and false at­tack on a dis­ci­plined civil ser­vant in the fi­nance min­istry,” Jait­ley tweeted, hours af­ter his party’s Ra­jya Sabha member flung cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions at eco­nomic af­fairs sec­re­tary Shak­tikanta Das on Twit­ter.

“I think there (is) a prop­erty deal case pend­ing against him for as­sist­ing PC (former fi­nance min­is­ter P Chi­dambaram) swal­low Ma­ha­balipu­ram prime lo­ca­tions,” Swamy tweeted.

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