New Delhi: In a surprise development, former Indian captain Anil Kumble on Monday tendered his resignation from the chairmanship of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), almost two months after a controversy broke out over an apparent conflict of interest.
Punjab Cricket Association's general secretary M P Pandove will be the caretaker chairman of the NCA till a full-time appointment is made.
Kumble announced his resignation at the BCCI's Working Committee meeting here on Monday, and Cricketnext has learned that only a couple of the members present strongly advised Kumble to reconsider his decision.
With Kumble not explicitly stating his reasons for resigning, the BCCI has accepted the former India captain's decision nevertheless. The official reason that Kumble gave was "lack of time" considering he is also the president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, a mentor with the IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore and has his own company Tenvic which manages Karnataka players like R Vinay Kumar and Sreenath Aravind.
The most plausible reason behind Kumble's decision could be the controversy which arose a few months in which it was alleged that he was guilty of having a conflict of interest considering that he happened to be, apart from the KSCA president and RCB mentor, the co-owner of Tenvic.
However, some top Board officials in the know of things said that Kumble has had some differences of opinion with the BCCI top brass regarding the functioning of NCA which has now become more of rehab centre for the injured Indian players.
"The BCCI top brass is of the opinion to decentralise the coaching system at the junior level since it has its own batting, bowling and fielding academy in place. This would have diluted NCA's profile as the place where the talented cricketers hone their skills before going to the next level," a BCCI official said.
Kumble, 41, who has captured 619 wickets in 132 Tests, is the third highest Test wicket-taker behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne. In 271 one-dayers, he has taken 337 wickets.
(With inputs from PTI)