The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) has backed the continuation of Anil Kumble as coach of the Indian team.The CAC – Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman – met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri in London Thursday evening shortly after India’s match vs Sri Lanka.WATCH VIDEOIndia Today can confirm that the advisory committee which appointed Kumble as coach for 12-month period in 2016 firmly backs him to continue. Kumble’s current contract expires on June 20, two days after the Champions Trophy ends .Five other candidates – Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh – were also shortlisted for an interview for the position of India coach.Kumble re – applied despite the BCCI’S directive stating he would get a direct entry into the pool.The advisory committee will hold further discussions with skipper Virat Kohli and the Indian board .Kohli was reportedly not happy with Kumble’s intimidating approach in the dressing-room but the India skipper dismissed any reports of rifts and said it was mere speculation.It also emerges that Sehwag is the second best choice to take over as the new coach.India are currently in the middle of their Champions Trophy campaign. The defending champions won their opening match against Pakistan by 124 runs on Sunday before going down to a a spirited Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in the second game at The Oval on Thursday.
Hardik Pandya thanked the fans and shared an emotional message on his Instagram feed regarding his injury on Thursday.Pandya, who picked up a lower-back injury on Wednesday during India’s match versus Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium, has been ruled out of Asia Cup 2018 because of the injury.But, the all-rounder made sure that his fans are updated regarding the situation and took to Instagram to tell his fans about his condition.”All your love and support is going to make me come back stronger! Will keep you guys up to date on my recovery. Thank you,” posted Hardik on his handle.Also read – Deepak Chahar replaces injured Hardik, Jadeja comes in for AxarPandya getting ruled out of the tournament was expected as he was stretchered off the field during India’s Group A encounter against Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday.Also read – Hardik Pandya goes down with back injury, stretchered off the fieldPandya had to be carried off on a stretcher after falling down in his delivery stride in after bowling the fifth ball of his fourth over.Pandya bowled well and he even got Malik to edge one behind the wickets but Mahendra Singh Dhoni failed to hang on to an easy catch.advertisementIn his very next over, Pandya was down on his back after bowling the fifth ball of the over. It was not clear what really happened to Pandya. He touched his back and for a while he appeared to have damaged his back. Shortly after Pandya had been carried off on a stretcher, BCCI tweeted to say the all-rounder had suffered an acute lower back injury.On Thursday, BCCI confirmed that Pandya will be replaced by Deepak Chahar in the squad. Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur have also been declared unfit to play and they will be replaced by Ravindra Jadeja and Siddharth Kaul in the squad.”All-rounder Hardik Pandya suffered an acute lower back spasm during the game against Pakistan and is undergoing treatment and assessment by the BCCI medical team. He will be unavailable for the remainder of the series. Deepak Chahar will replace Hardik Pandya in the squad,” a BCCI press release stated.”Left-arm spinner Axar Patel injured his left index finger while fielding in the game against Pakistan. He was sent for scans and the results showed that he had a tendon tear. He will be unavailable for the remainder of the series. Ravindra Jadeja will replace Axar Patel in the squad.”Right-arm pacer Shardul Thakur experienced right hip and groin soreness after the game against Hong Kong. He will be unavailable for the remainder of the series. Siddharth Kaul will replace Shardul Thakur in the squad.”Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja and Siddharth Kaul will join the team on Thursday.”