New Delhi: Team India coach Anil Kumble has landed himself in some sort of trouble for his decision to write to BCCI, telling them that Virat Kohli and Co. are keen to participate in the Champions Trophy. Kumble, reportedly wrote the letter ahead of much anticipated Special General Meeting, which will more-or-less decide whether the defending champions will participate in the tournament or not.
On Friday, reports emerged that Kumble has put his foot down in favour of India's participation in the ICC event, scheduled to take place in England in June, amidst the ongoing tussle between BCCI and ICC threatening the Men in Blue's bid to defend the title they won in 2013.
While Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid have also spoken in favour of India's participation, Kumble's letter has reportedly irked BCCI board members.
“It is the institution which decides, and not one individual. Kumble writing to the Board about his decision of wanting to play in the Champions Trophy was uncalled for. He had no business in doing this,” a senior BCCI member was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
“Kumble is going to be on a sticky wicket for this act once the Board members take control of BCCI. It is just a matter of time,” said another senior functionary.
Some of the top officials of the Indian Board are willing to boycott the eight-team tournament, starting on June 1, in protest against the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to revise its revenue-sharing and governance model that is going to massively reduce India’s share.