New Delhi: In a surprise development, former Indian captain Anil Kumble on Monday tendered his resignation from the chairmanship of the National Cricket Academy, almost two months after a controversy broke out over an appararent conflict of interest.

Kumble's resignation has been accepted by the BCCI's Working Committee, which met here. Punjab Cricket Association's general secretary MP Pandove will be the caretaker chairman of the NCA till a full-time appointment is made.

The official reason that Kumble gave was "lack of time" considering he is also the president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, a mentor with the IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore and has his own company 'Tenvic' which manages Karnataka players like R Vinay Kumar and Sreenath Aravind.

Interestingly, a few months back, there were reports of Kumble having 'conflict of interest' being the KSCA president who also happens to own a company that manages some of Karnataka's top cricketers.

However, some top Board officials in the know of things said that Kumble has had some differences of opinion with the BCCI top brass regarding the functioning of NCA which has now become more of rehab centre for the injured Indian players.

"The BCCI top brass is of the opinion to decentralise the coaching system at the junior level since it has its own batting, bowling and fielding academy in place. This would have diluted NCA's profile as the place where the talented cricketers hone their skills before going to the next level," a BCCI official said.

Kumble, 41, who has captured 619 wikets in 132 Tests, is the third highest Test wicket-taker behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne. In 271 one-dayers, he has taken 337 wickets.

Another BCCI source said that Kumble had prepared a three-year vision project for the functioning of the NCA but the BCCI's top brass was not willing to implement the programme.

Having played the game at the highest level, he had a vision as to how the NCA should be run but the BCCI apparently was not on the same page, the source said.

A player of Kumble's stature was unhappy with the kind of role envisaged for him at the NCA, so he decided to step down, the source added.

I was left with no other option, says Anil Kumble

Former India captain Anil Kumble, who on Monday resigned from his position as National Cricket Academy (NCA) chairman, said he was left with no other option after his proposals were repeatedly ignored by the BCCI and other committee members.

"I had a three-year vision to make NCA a better. I had made 10 presentations during my tenure as chairman with the hope that my vision could be accepted. Even on Sunday I had discussed this at the NCA meeting in Chennai. But it was not in alignment with the rest of the committee," Kumble said.

"I felt that it made no sense to be a chairman when I was not being heard. I had no other option but to move on in life," he added.

The 41-year-old former spinner hoped to work for the better of cricket in his capacity as the president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association.

"As president of the KSCA I can take decisions in the interest of the game and cricketers. I will do, whatever best I can do in this regard," said Kumble.

(Agencies)