Kumble-Kohli row clouds India-Pakistan Champions Trophy opener

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Title-holders India will look to put an off-field row behind them when they face arch-rivals Pakistan in their Champions Trophy opener at Edgbaston on Sunday.

The build-up to what is arguably cricket's most anticipated fixture has been dominated by reports of a falling out between India captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble.

Former India leg-spinner Kumble has overseen five Test series wins since his appointment in June last year.

His contract expires after the end of the Champions Trophy but many have questioned the wisdom of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's decision to advertise Kumble's job a week before the one-day international tournament starts.

Ramachandra Guha, who quit a Supreme Court-appointed four-member committee overseeing the BCCI in protest, said in his letter of resignation: "If indeed the captain and the head coach were not getting along, why was this not attended to as soon as the Australia series was over in late March?.

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