Tuesday, 17 October 2017 - 18:35
Cricket lovers hammer Indian Board for calling Kumble a ‘former bowler’



The Indian cricket board left itself open to trolls and criticism on Twitter after they referred to former India skipper and coach Anil Kumble as just a 'former bowler' when they wished him for his 47th birthday.

India's powerful cricket board hastily deleted a birthday message for record Test wicket-taker Anil Kumble today (17) after irate fans took offence at the spinning great being described simply as a "former bowler".

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tweeted "Here's wishing former #TeamIndia bowler @anilkumble1074 a very happy birthday."

This led to journalists and fans taking up cudgels for one of India's greatest bowlers, following which BCCI deleted the tweet.

Kumble had quit as Team India captain in June this year, shortly after India lost to Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final.

The acrimony between him and Team India skipper Virat Kohli was the main reason for the former resigning when he quit saying his relationship with Kohli was 'untenable'.

Kumble's relationship with the BCCI was the subject of much speculation after his resignation.

It was reported in the Indian press that board officials tried to salvage ties between Kumble and Kohli, but that the relationship was beyond repair.

Kumble, who played for India for 17 years, has never commented publicly on the matter. Shastri was since been appointed coach of the Indian side.

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