Former players urge BCCI to appoint Kumble as spin coach

New Delhi, Nov 3 (UNI) Former Indian players today urged the BCCI to utilise Anil Kumble's vast experience and appoint him as spin coach to unearth the talent in the country after the leg-spinner announced his retirement in the drawn Test against Australia here.

Former captain Ajit Wadekar and other former Test players Gundappa Vishwanath and Bhagawat Chandrasekhar felt that India's highest wickettaker Kumble can still contribute to the game if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appoints him as the spin coach.

''Kumble has been our match winning bowler from the past two decades and the amount of experience he has will benefit youngsters if the BCCI appoints him as the spin coach,'' Wadekar told today.

''You don't get a bowler who has taken over 600 Test wickets everyday, so his experience counts a lot and will give aspiring spinners a real boost if he can share his experience with them,'' he added.

He pointed out that India has utilised the services of other legendary spinners like Bishen Singh Bedi and Erapalli Prasanna as coaches after their retirements.

''Even Cricket Australia have utilised Shane Warne's services in recent times to nurture young spinners so I strongly feel the BCCI should immediately offer him a good post so that many more young spinners can be unearthed for the future,'' he stated.

Former chief selector and a lengendary Indian batsman Gundappa Vishwanath echoed Wadekar's words and felt Kumble's retirement could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the BCCI and many state associations' cricket academies around the country as he can share invaluable tips with up-coming young spinners.


Story first published: Monday, November 3, 2008, 17:37 [IST]
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