$50 fine if late for bus: Anil Kumble ushers in new rules for Team India

Anil Kumble has told the Indian national cricket team that each one of them will have to empty $50 from their pockets if they are late for the team bus.

West Indies tour is the first test of Kumble as India coach. Since his appointment, the newly appointed coach has, according to the Indian Express, brought in new rules to instil and ensure discipline in the team. He has also told the team that he is always willing and available to have a chat with any one of them whenever they need him.

Another change that Kumble enforced favours the support staff accompanying the team on their long West Indies tour. Players can no longer ask for a massage at their own free will. A fixed schedule has been provided to the masseurs and the team can only use their services during that time.

The coach wants to strike a perfect balance between work, discipline, fun and relaxation. The sessions include a strict training along with scuba diving and travelling. Kumble has planned it well to keep an organised schedule, not overseeing small things.

Making sure that it is not a one-sided schedule and that the players are open to it, Kumble had given suggestions in the Bengaluru camp, opening the floor to suggestions and complaints by the cricketers. One of his suggestions, inspired by John Wright, was that of a buddy plan in which two cricketers would be paired together to not only give constructive feedback after a game but also to motivate each other.

In the presence of Rahul Dravid, junior selector Venkatesh Prasad, Sandeep Patil, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, Kumble prepared and planned a roadmap in Bengaluru camp. Many players had complained of not being informed in advance by BCCI about their schedules, which lead to clashes in their personal and professional lives. They further complained of mini-IPL and Duleep Trophy being held at the same time. Kumble requested BCCI to inform players of their schedule a month in advance and handle their logistics in a better way.

Since taking over, Kumble has been focusing on organisational aspects around the team’s events. He had said, “As a coach, all I sought was organised preparations for the team and informed inputs to the captain and the team to strategise better.”