Kumble steps down as NCA chairman

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 12, 2011 20:20 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IBNS) Former India captain Anil Kumble on Monday resigned as chairman of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) citing lack of "alignment" between his vision for the NCA and the rest of the committee's.

"I had a three-year vision, a holistic approach for the NCA that was not in alignment with that of the rest of the committee. It didn´t make sense to me to just be a figurehead in this kind of a situation. So I thought it was better that somebody else take over," Kumble was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.com.

The other members of the NCA Board are Ranjib Biswal (vice-chairman), Anirudh Chaudhry, TC Mathew, Rakesh Parikh and Gyanendra Pandey.

Some of the memebers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were opposed to Kumble´s conlict of interest in the role of a chairman of the NCA.

Kumble reportedly also had a severe argument with a senior boad official during Monday´s working committee meeting.

Kumble is president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), chief mentor of the Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL team and also owner of sports management firm Tenvic.

Board officials felt that Kumble in his role of a NCA chairman could influence the selection of players.

Two months ago, controversy arose over Kumble´s co-ownership of a talent management firm called Tenvic that has on its books several young players including R Vinay Kumar and S Aravind, both of whom have been part of recent India squads and also play for the Royal Challengers.

Tenvic was named after Kumble´s ten-wicket haul against Pakistan in 1999 - looks after the commercial interests of the players but Kumble has consistently denied any conflict of interest between his administrative and mentoring roles.

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