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Finger Spun Into All Pies

Will Anil Kumble’s corporate suit avatar blacken his glittering cricketing whites?

Finger Spun Into All Pies Amit Haralkar

Sticky Wickets, Heavy Ball

  • Kumble is KSCA president, RCB chief mentor and NCA chairman
  • His company, Tenvic, has signed up Karnataka team players to ‘mentor’ them. It looks after their commercial interests.
  • A clear conflict of interest. And one that is simply unbecoming of a player of his immense stature.

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With the pedigree of being the greatest matchwinning bowler in the history of Indian cricket to fall back on, not one eyelid was batted when Anil Kumble was made president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA). Nor did they blink when he was designated the chief mentor of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Or even when he was given the chairmanship of the National Cricket Academy (NCA). After all, a man who had for so very long been a tireless workhorse for team and country could never be given too many feathers in his cap. What would come as a surprise to most people, though, is the lesser-known hat that he sports, that of a player-manager at Tenvic, the company which ‘mentors’ and represents young players. Two players, Vinay Kumar and S. Aravind, both from his state team Karnataka, have been selected to play for India in their ‘grudge’ home series against England.

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