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Virat Kohli opens up about Indian cricket team’s next coach

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Updated: 05:42 GMT, Jun 30, 2017 | Published: 05:42 GMT, Jun 30, 2017 |
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With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) set to begin the selection process for next head coach of the Indian cricket team, captain Virat Kohli said if asked the team will be ready with the suggestions. Legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble stepped down as coach, stating that his partnership with Kohli was untenable. Kumble tweeted his statement, which said that Kohli had reservations with his working style.

“From a personal point of view, I can’t pinpoint anything or give any details. We as a team only voice our opinion when asked by the BCCI,” Kohli said at the pre-match conference ahead of the third ODI against West Indies on Friday.

Kohli said that there is process that is put in place and no individual opinion matters.

“This is a process we always go through and something we respect as a team. It’s something that is asked to the team and not in segregation. The same procedure, as and when it takes place, we will give our suggestions to the BCCI,” Kohli added.

When the same question was repeated in a different manner, Kohli was more curt.

“Suggestions are given to the BCCI. There is no point in saying anything out in the open because that is for us as a team to convey to the BCCI as when we are asked,” Kohli reiterated.

Putting the coach selection talks in the backdrop, Kohli said their priority right now is to win the series in the Caribbeans.

“Right now, we have series at hand and this is what we are focussed on. The process is taking place and that is something which is in the control of BCCI. We are not focused on anything else at the moment.

“Our priority is coming here and winning the series and preparing for the game that lie ahead of us,” the India skipper said.