"How would you have dealt with the Kumble-Kohli rift?"

26 Jul 2017 | By Rishikesh Malkhede
Indian cricket team's new manager

In the wake of the recent Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli fiasco, all the candidates for India's cricket team manager were asked one common question - "How would you have dealt with the Kumble-Kohli rift?"

The question did not come as a surprise as the real motive behind appointing a full time manager is to manage conflict and maintain peace in the dressing room.

In context: Indian cricket team's new manager

15 Jul 2017BCCI invites applications for team manager post

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had invited applications for the post of 'Team Manager' for senior Indian men's cricket team on 15th July.

The advertisement on the board's website stated that the tenure will be of a minimum of one year and the candidate should have played cricket either at a first class or an international level.

A mandatory requirement of the BCCI

In the advertisement, the BCCI had stated clearly a mandatory requirement for the applicants. It said, "conflict resolution and negotiation skills are mandatory requisites of a candidate and should be able to demonstrate abilities/situations that have been successfully managed during their career."
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Interviews conducted; five candidates shortlisted

25 Jul 2017Interviews conducted; five candidates shortlisted

The BCCI conducted interviews of the 12 shortlisted candidates for the team manager's post, out of which five resumes have been forwarded to the BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and Cricket of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai for further steps.

Out of the 35 applications received before the deadline of 21st July, BCCI had shortlisted 12 candidates for the interview.

26 Jul 2017"How would you have dealt with the Kumble-Kohli rift?"

Captain should be handed full autonomy?

According to the reports, some of the candidates said that the captain should be given full autonomy or authority over the team, while others said that such issue should not arise again, and should be solved at the earliest before it gets out of hand.

29 Jul 2017Sunil Subramaniam appointed as India's Team Manager

Former Tamil Nadu captain and Ravichandran Ashwin's coach Sunil Subramaniam has been appointed as the administrative manager of the Indian cricket team by BCCI for a period of one year.

The 50-year old will be India's first full time manager and will join the team in Colombo before 3rd August.

A left-arm spinner, he has played 74 domestic matches, and picked up 285 wickets.