After then-India captain Virat Kohli informed him about younger players in the team feeling “intimidated” by Anil Kumble’s coaching style, Vinod Rai, the chief of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators, which ran the BCCI for three years starting in January 2017, said he took “the lead in speaking to Sachin Tendulkar.” Rai, whose recently released book ‘Not Just a Nightwatchman: My Innings in the BCCI’ shed light on the much-discussed departure of Anil Kumble as Team India head coach after the Champions Trophy in 2017, said it was surprising that the legendary leg-contract spinner’s did not include an extension clause.

“See, I’ve stated before that we couldn’t have asked for a finer coach than Kumble, and that we could not have handled a cricketing great any better. I find it interesting that he was only given a one-year term in 2016, when his predecessor (Ravi Shastri) was given two. Kumble’s contract did not have an extension provision and he was only granted a one-year term. I would have gladly extended it if there had been an extension clause, “Rai said.

“Ram Guha was irritated at this issue. He wanted his term to be automatically extended. Imagine if we had prolonged the period and someone went to court only to disgrace the CoA. He could have easily stymied our plans. As a result, I decided to stick to the process and make Kumble an automated part of it. When Virat Kohli brought up the problem of younger players being frightened by Kumble’s strict attitude, I took the initiative and spoke with Sachin Tendulkar. I considered myself to be a complete outsider. Why should players pay attention to me? There is a better likelihood of a breakthrough if someone like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, or VVS Laxman speaks to the team management or the players. Nonetheless, I feel the entire situation might have been handled 100 times more effectively, “he added.