Former Indian leg spinner Anil Kumble has been appointed as the new coach of the national side for the next 12 months.
The 45-year-old first assignment will be India's four-Test series against the West Indies in the Caribbean.
The BCCI President Anurag Thakur confirmed the news in a press conference at Dharamsala.
The BCCI announces the appointment of Mr. Anil Kumble as Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team for one year. pic.twitter.com/yZNohzFfwc— BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 2016
The Bengaluru-born former cricketer now fills the void left by Duncan Fletcher following the end of the ICC World Cup 2015.
In his 18-years of glorious career, Kumble has appeared in 132 Tests and 271 ODIs. He claimed a combined total of 956 wickets in Tests and ODIs, which is the third highest in the planet after Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.
Anil Kumble the new Indian coach. Wonderful news for a great man! Best wishes, buddy! 🏏— KP (@KP24) June 23, 2016
Many many congrats Anil Bhai. Looking forward to guidance from you.@anilkumble1074 😊— Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) June 23, 2016
The Indian cricket team now has a coach who will put his heart & soul in the job. Anil Kumble knows no other way of working.— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) June 23, 2016
Congrats @anilkumble1074 bhai on your appointment as head coach of Team India. I am sure you will excel in the new role. All the best!— Manoj Tiwary (@tiwarymanoj) June 23, 2016
Congrats @anilkumble1074 for being appointed as India coach. Best choice @bcci, hopefully he'll take Indian cricket to new heights.— GGF (@GautamGambhir) June 23, 2016
Jumbo news 4Team India.Congrats @anilkumble1074— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 23, 2016
To have a coach who cud play wid broken jaw wud be an inspiration fr guys in dressing room.
Congratulations sir @anilkumble1074 on becoming the coach of #TeamIndia! Looking forward to the long season ahead @BCCI— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 23, 2016
Congrats Anil bhai on your appointment as the new Team India coach. Wish you all the best. @anilkumble1074— Ashoke Dinda (@dindaashoke) June 23, 2016
Congratulations Anil bhai.. @anilkumble1074, Credit to @ianuragthakur @BCCI Sachin VVS & Dada for making the right decision. Good luck!👍👍— Mohammad Kaif (@KaifSays) June 23, 2016
Congratulations Anil bhai @anilkumble1074! Well deserved. I am sure Indian cricket @BCCI will reach new heights.. Best wishes.— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) June 23, 2016
Congratulations @anilkumble1074 on your appointment as Head Coach of Team India, wishing you every success.— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) June 23, 2016
Many congrats to u Anil Bhai 4 being appointed coach of d Indian team,I'm sure u will take Indian cricket to a new height @anilkumble1074— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) June 23, 2016
Heartiest welcome to @anilkumble1074 Sir. Look forward to your tenure with us. Great things in store for Indian Cricket with you 😊— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 23, 2016
Anil Kumble will be an excellent organiser and a top team man. And knowing him, he will respect the fact that the captain runs the team.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 23, 2016
Great news for indian cricket..congratulation Anil Bhai @anilkumble1074 for becoming the head coach of @BCCI ..good luck going forward 🏏👆🔝— Harbhajan Singh (@harbhajan_singh) June 23, 2016
Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has stated that he is currently focussed on leading his side well during their forthcoming tour to England.
Asked about the announcement regarding his Test cricket future, Misbah-ul-Haq insisted that his only focus, for now, is to guide his side well on their tour to England.
However, according reports, the 42-year-old has held talks with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) regarding his future and is expected to make a final call after completing the tour.
"He has informed the PCB he will decide on whether he will continue to play Test cricket after the series in England," the source said.
"Right now, I am just focusing on the four Tests in England because if we want to show everyone our top three ranking in Test cricket is not based around our wins in the UAE we need to put up a good show against England,” the skipper said in an interview.
Sri Lanka Cricket have announced the following national players to join the ODI squad on the ongoing tour of England.
- All-rounder Farveez Maharoof
- All-rounder Danushka Gunathilaka
- Leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna
- Off-spinner Suraj Randiv and
- Batsman Upul Tharanga
They will fly to the UK to join the current Sri Lankan squad for the ODI series, starts from June 21.
Sri Lankan seamer bowler Nuwan Kulasekara has announced his retirement from Test cricket in order to concentrate his attention on the shorter formats ODI and T20 cricket.
“I would like to retire from playing test cricket with immediate effect,” the 33-year-old said in a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
“After much thought, I believe it is the right time to retire and I hope it will allow me to better prepare for ODI and T20 cricket, which I would like to continue playing for Sri Lanka subject to good performance and selection.”
Lankan pace bowler Nuwan Kulasekara quits Test Cricket to focus his attention on the sport's shorter formats pic.twitter.com/x2IcIyVVcj— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) June 1, 2016
Kulasekara has claimed 48 test wickets from 21 matches since making his debut against New Zealand in 2005.
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, whose contract was due to expire in April 2017 - has extended his contract until after 2019 World Cup, to be played in England and Wales from May-July 2019.
The 41-year-old will now be with the Black Caps after the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
He was appointed as head coach after replacing John Wright on 20 July, 2012 and has shown an outstanding success, guided New Zealand to finish runners-up in the 2015 World Cup that was held in Australia-New Zealand and as semi-finalists in the World T20.
"Mike's the most successful coach in New Zealand cricket history and, in my opinion, the best selector we've ever had," NZC chief executive David White said.
"To have him committed to the Black Caps until after the next World Cup is great news for all concerned."
Black Caps are currently ranked number one in T20s, ranked number two in ODIs and fifth in Test cricket.
New Zealand's next assignment will be in July-August when they travel to Africa to play two Tests each against South Africa and Zimbabwe.