Bengaluru, February 13: J Arun Kumar had stepped down as the coach of Puducherry Ranji team and the general notion was that the former Karnataka batsman was not in the pink of his health. But Arun Kumar on Thursday (February 13) said he was in good health and pinned a suffocating atmosphere around him as the reason for his quitting.
Arun Kumar had taken over the Puducherry coach last year and engineered the move to get Karnataka veteran R Vinay Kumar into the team.
"It was suffocating to work in a system with constant interference in all matters related to the team. That said, I wish the boys the very best. They are a wonderful bunch.
"Thank u people for the concern and wishes. I'm hale and hearty and contrary to reports, I have not resigned as head coach of the Pondicherry team due to my health. I quit due to constant interference from an official, which made the dressing room environment toxic to say the least," said Arun Kumar.
Puducherry is at present playing Nagaland in their final home game of the season and a win will see them through the knockouts. However, the Cricket Association of Puducherry officials denied Arun Kumar's allegations and said he indeed resigned due to health issues.