Denying any wrongdoing by Virat Kohli in the exit of Anil Kumble as India's head coach in 2017, Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) member VVS Laxman has stated that the former leg-spinner had stepped down from his position only because things did not work out with the Indian skipper.
Speaking at an event, Laxman, who along with Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar form the CAC, opened up about the controversial resignation of Kumble and the circumstances behind it.
"I don't think Kohli crossed the line. We at the CAC thought Anil should continue as coach but he thought the right decision was to quit and move ahead. It left a bitter taste in the mouth," he told India Today.
The former Indian middle-order batsman then went onto mention that the CAC wanted him to continue, but the fallout between Kohli and Kumble left the latter with no choice but to resign.
"What I did not like was the way he was getting bad press during the Champions Trophy. The CAC wanted Anil to continue and the entire episode was very unfortunate. I always tell people CAC are not marriage counsellors. We were tasked with selecting the best possible job. We did a very elaborate process - unfortunately, Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble did not work out," Laxman added.
A lot has been said about this saga ever since it unfolded, but it was blown wide open earlier this month when Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji accused Kohli of orchestrating the exit of Kumble.
"I see nothing wrong in women cricketers writing e-mails regarding the coach. They were truthful in expressing their views unlike Virat who frequently sent sms' to the CEO (Johri) on which you acted and there was a change in the coach," she wrote in a letter in regards to if Women's skipper Harmanpreet Kaur should be allowed to have a say on the head coach matter like Kohli did.
Her letter further went onto mention that rules were flouted for Shastri, who had missed the deadline, and that Kumble was made to look like a villain in the whole matter.