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arrival for Windies series
Powerhouses India arrived on
Tuesday for their limited overs
tour against West Indies under a
shadow of controversy after Anil
Kumble dramatically stepped
aside as head coach over a rift
with captain Virat Kohli.
Kumble was set to oversee the
series in the Caribbean but opt-
ed to stand down after it emerged
that Kohli had informed the Indian
Cricket Board (BCCI) off his reser-
vations with the outstanding former
While Kumble's one-year contract
was up for renewal and there were
other candidates in the race for the
positions, the BCCI's cricket advi-
sory committee had thrown their
weight behind the 46-year-old to
continue in the job.
But in a statement, Kumble said his
relationship with Kohli had become
"untenable" and the best option was
to step down from the post.
"I was informed for the first time
[Monday] by the BCCI that the cap-
tain had reservations with my 'style'
and about my continuing as the head
coach," he said.
"I was surprised since I have al-
ways respected the role boundaries
between captain and coach. Though
the BCCI attempted to resolve the
misunderstandings between the
captain and me, it was apparent that
the partnership was untenable, and
I therefore believe it is best for me
to move on."
The BCCI said in light of the de-
velopments, Dr. MV Sridhar would
"supervise the team management"
on the Windies tour with batting
coach Sanjay Bangar fielding coach
R Sridhar continuing in their respec-
Amitabh Choudhary, acting sec-
retary of the BCCI, hailed Kumble's
contribution to the national team's
"We wish to place on record our
sincere appreciation for the immense
contribution by Anil Kumble to the
team which enabled India to attain
the number one Test position,"
"Indian cricket needs his contin-
ued contribution in various capac-
ities and wishes him all the best in
his future endeavour."
India open their tour with an ODI
doubleheader at Queen's Park Oval,
Port of Spain starting tomorrow.
T&T water polo teams
start CCCAN quest
All four of this country's age-
group water polo teams will be
in action when the highly antici-
pated 2017 CentralAmerican and
Caribbean Amateur Swimming
Confederation (CCCAN) Swim-
ming Championships splashes
off today at the National Aquatic
Centre in Balmain, Couva, from
Thursday to June 28.
Host country will be represent-
ed in the Under-15, Under-18 and
Open Men as well as the Open
Women, after the Under-18 Wom-
en's competition was cancelled due
to a lack on entries, with T&T being
the only team entered.
The first match for the locals is at
1.30pm this afternoon will see the
Under-15 Boys come up against
Bahamas in the first of their best-
of-five series encounters.
Up next will be the Under-18
Boys in a clash with Barbados from
2.15pm after Jamaica squares up
against Puerto Rico in the curtain
raiser from 1pm.
The Under-15 Boys have been
hard at training to rebound from
their challenging Carifta Champi-
onship in Bahamas in April while
the Under-18s skipped Carifta for
the more challenging South Amer-
ican Swimming Confederation
(CONSANAT) Tournament and
performed creditably in preparation
for the CCCAN Championship, a
qualifier for the Under-18 teams for
the 2018 Pan Am Junior Water Polo
Championships in USA.
The Open Women category will
take centre stage from 2.4pm with
Cuba facing Mexico from 2.4pm
followed by T&T and neighbours
Venezuela at 4pm before the T&T
Open Men's team tangle with fa-
vourites Cuba at 8pm to close out
the first night of action.
The T&T men's Open squad is a
fairly young and inexperiencedone
which competed at the UANA Cup
in T&T in February.
However, it has been bolstered
with the availability of several re-
turning senior players while many
of our age-group women have now
graduated to the senior team which
will see them competing for the first
time at this level, a qualifier for the
senior teams for the 2018 Central
American and Caribbean (CAC)
Games in Colombia.
Overall, 21 teams representing ten
countries have registered to com-
pete in the water polo segment of
theCCCAN Championships which
will conclude June 28.
Following the completion of wa-
ter polo action, Olympians Dylan
Carter and Sharntelle McLean will
spearhead a T&T squad of 64 ath-
letes for swimming competition
from June 28 to July 2 at the same
A student at the University of
Southern California and coming
off a triple silver swimming per-
formance at the Irvine Novaquat-
ics Speedo Grand Challenge, Carter
last participated in CCCAN in 2011
after which he skipped the 2013 and
His absence from the 2013
CCCAN was due to his participation
at the FINA World Junior Champi-
onship where he picked up a silver
medal while Carter who made his
Olympic debut in Brazil last time
out missed 2015 due to academic
He is currently preparing for
the 17th FINA World Champion-
ship which comes off in Budapest,
Hungary from July 14-30 and will
use the CCCAN meet at home as
part of his final warm-up schedule.
Two-time Olympian McLean also
missed the 2015 event in Barbados,
but signalled her intent to return to
compete in front her home crowdto
provide added firepower to the 18 and
Other experienced campaign-
ers in Abraham Mc Leod, who is a
2015 CCCAN gold medallist and re-
cord-holder is also part of the T&T
team as well as Cherelle Thompson,
Kristin Julien, Joshua Romany, Jeron
Thompson, Jada Chatoor, Jada Chai,
Kael Yorke, Kadon Williams, Amira
Pilgrim, Gabriella Donahue and Jah-
T&T will also be represented by
15 swimmers in the Open Water
Championships on June 24 and 26
at Turtle Beach, Tobago as well as
Synchronised Swimming and Diving,
both from June 29 to July 2.
It ill consists of a 10k race on the
June 24, with the 5k race two days
For the first time a 3k race has been
added to the Open Water Champi-
onships to cater for the 13 and Under
Two years ago at the last CCCAN,
T&T placed fifth in Barbados in the
point standings but topped the medal
table with 26 gold medals.
The water polo competition car-
ries an entrance fee of US$15/$TT100
per adult and US$5/$TT30 per child
nised swimming comes off from
June 28 to July 2, at the same price
Season passes are also available
at US$80/$TT500 per adult and
US$30/$TT200 per child for water
polo and swimming while a full event
pass is priced at US$125/$TT800 per
adult and US$50/$TT300 per child.
T&T senior men's water polo player Daniel Alavrez, left, lines up a shot on goal while challenged by Brazil's Pedro
Real in their second day match of the four-team 2017 Union Americana de Natacion (UANA) Water Polo Cup, a
World Championship Qualification Tournament on February 10 at the National Aquatic Centre, Balmain, Couva.
Brazil won 29-5.
West Indies captain Jason Holder, left, greets his opposite number Virat
Kohli on arrival in T&T for the first of two One Day International matches at
the Queen's Park, Oval. PHOTO COURTESY CWI MEDIA
FULL TEXT OF ANIL KUMBLE'S STATEMENT
Hours after resigning as India
coach, Anil Kumble tweeted "thank
you!", and attached a statement to his
I am honoured by the confidence re-
posed in my by the CAC, in asking me
to continue as Head Coach. The credit
for the achievements of the last one
year goes to the captain, the entire
team, coaching and support staff.
Post this intimation, I was informed
for the first time yesterday by the
BCCI that the Captain had reserva-
tions with my 'style' and about my
continuing as the Head Coach. I was
surprised since I had always respected
the role boundaries between Captain
and Coach. Though the BCCI attempt-
ed to resolve the misunderstandings
between the Captain and me, it was
apparent that the partnership was
untenable, and I therefore believe it is
best for me to move on.
Professionalism, discipline, com-
mitment, honesty, complementary
skills and diverse views are the key
traits I bring to the table. These need
to be valued for the partnership to be
effective. I see the Coach's role akin
to 'holding a mirror' to drive self-im-
provement in the team's interest.
In light of these 'reservations', I
believe it is best I hand over this re-
sponsibility to whomever the CAC and
BCCI deem fit.
Let me reiterate that it has been
an absolutely privilege to have served
as Head Coach for the last one year.
I thank the CAC, BCCI, CoA and all
I also wish to thank the innumera-
ble followers and fans of Indian cricket
for their continued support. I will re-
main a well-wisher of the great crick-
eting tradition of my country forever.
- Anil Kumble
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