Kumble appointed new India head coach

Anil Kumble has been appointed to the role of head coach of India. The BCCI announced on Thursday that the spin legend has been handed a one year contract.

Kumble, and former Director of Cricket, Ravi Shastri, were said to be front runners for the post.

The BCCI's advisory committee comprised of former players Sourav Ganguly, V.V.S. Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar had interviewed Kumble, Shastri as well as former Australian players, Tom Moody and Stuart Law, and retired English first class cricketer Andy Mole.

Ganguly told the gathered press: "We have interviewed seven candidates. We have selected one and we will convey it to the BCCI secretary."

When asked if they had consulted Dhoni or Kohli, India's international captains, Ganguly replied: "No, we haven't. We have been empowered to finalise the coach and we have done it without consulting."

Kumble's first assignment will be a four Test Tour to the West Indies which will get underway in July.