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T20 World Cup 2022: Anil Kumble calls for separate Indian squads for Test and limited-overs cricket

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Anil Kumble has highlighted that depth in squad should be priority (Image: BCCI)

In the aftermath of India's disappointing exit from the T20 World Cup 2022, former India skipper and coach Anil Kumble has insisted on having different squads in limited-overs and red-ball cricket.

England's emphatic success in the shorter formats has ignited debate for different teams and coaches in white and red-ball cricket.

Speaking in an interview with ESPNCricinfo, Anil Kumble stated:

"Definitely, you need separate teams. You need, certainly, T20 specialists. I think what this English team has shown and even the last (T20) World Cup champions Australia have shown is that you need to invest in a lot of all-rounders. Look at the batting order."

Anil Kumble further added:

"Today Liam Livingstone is batting at No. 7. No other team has a No. 7 of the quality of Livingstone. (Marcus) Stoinis walks in at No. 6 (for Australia). That's the kind of team you have to build. That's something that you need to invest in.
"I'm not really sure whether you need a different captain or a different coach. It all depends on what team you are going to pick and then choose how you want to build the support and the leadership around it."

Tom Moody resonates with Anil Kumble for international teams to field separate squads

England's success at the T20 World Cup 2022 has been attributed to having unique teams for different formats (Image: Getty)
England's success at the T20 World Cup 2022 has been attributed to having unique teams for different formats (Image: Getty)

Former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody, too, has suggested that splitting the team management should be a priority for international teams. The Three Lions already have Brendon McCullum as their Test coach and Matthew Mott as their white-ball coach.

Echoing on the same lines as Kumble, Moody told the same publication:

"I think there is no doubt that moving forward, whether it be player or support management, there needs to be a serious look into that separation. It seems England have quite a considerable difference between their red-ball squad and their white-ball squad. They've created a depth of quality."

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