Kumble questions India’s Test debacle

NEW DELHI: The BCCI is likely to ask national coach Duncan Fletcher to submit a report on India’s twin Test series debacle in England and Australia after former India captain Anil Kumble raised the issue at the Working Committee meeting in Chennai on Saturday.

“Kumble asked a very pertinent question at the meeting about what steps are being taken after India’s back-to-back dismal show in England and Australia and whether the issue has been discussed with coach Duncan Fletcher,” a senior BCCI official said.

The former India captain is also a president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association. “Kumble was told that Fletcher is back home for a break before the long season kicks off. Once he is back from the break, the BCCI will ask him to submit a detailed report on what went wrong and the necessary corrective measures that needs to be undertaken. The report will also be tabled at the next working committee meeting,” the official said.

It must be recalled that the only significant change that happened after the 0-4 Test series loss in Australia was not renewing the contract with bowling coach Eric Simons, who made way for little-known Australian Joe Dawes.

Meanwhile there is another confusion whether former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin and domestic heavyweight Ajay Sharma will be entitled to BCCI’s disbursements since they are yet to be cleared of match-fixing charges. (PTI)

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