Within days into the job, Indian team coach Anil Kumble is already looking into the future and has called for a meeting with Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, and the NCA Coaches to discuss the long-term goals for Indian cricket. The meeting is scheduled to be held at Bengaluru on Sunday.
According to a report in the Indian Express, Kumble’s plan is to have a joint discussion of all stakeholders in Indian cricket about the long-term goals and to get them all to one page about the streamlining of the feeder system. The meeting will also be attended by members of senior and junior selection committees. The former leg-spinner wants to see the Indian cricket teams, both at the senior and junior levels, moving forward in a smooth manner. All stakeholders will also be asked for their suggestions on increasing the bench strength of the Indian team.
“Kumble wants things to run in a smoother fashion especially at the India A and U-19 level. He also wants for the coaching at the NCA to be more streamlined. It will be a meeting that’s first of its kind and it’s imperative that all the stakeholders present their views,” a top BCCI official said, reported the Indian Express.
“Kumble is sure that if the Indian team has to move forward then all stakeholders will have to work together. He can’t change things on his own. The Indian team has played good cricket at home but he wants to get different views on what is needed for them to do well overseas, like probably having more exposure trips for our bench strength,” the source added.
The Indian team coach is also likely to discuss the progress of the players, who are dropped from the team and who are specialists in one format, during the meeting on Sunday.
“He wants to make sure that every player in the system is being monitored at all times. Say a fast bowler is injured or he’s more of a Test specialist and is on the sidelines when the team’s playing an ODI series, Kumble wants routine reports on what they are up to as well,” the source said.
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