NEW DELHI: India skipper Virat Kohli‘s criticism of cramped scheduling after the third and ultimate ODI towards England could not amuse the Indian cricket board (BCCI) which had left it to the gamers to skip matches in case they wanted a break.
Kohli had, on Sunday, mentioned that “scheduling needs to be looked at in future… You can’t expect everyone to be at the same level of mental strength. Sometimes, you do get cooked and you do feel like a bit of a change”.
However, the BCCI had not pressured gamers to play all the matches, it has been discovered by IANS.
“In these times of Covid-19, you can plan schedule to an extent but not foresee every situation — how is it going to be or how will it pan out in a certain period? With the bench-strength we have, if someone wanted to take a break then the person could have been given rest,” mentioned a supply from the BCCI.
The supply confirmed that the Board had not pressured any participant to play all matches and allowed them the choice of relaxation particularly with the bench-power out there.
India, the truth is, had gained the Test collection in Australia regardless of the absence of common skipper Virat Kohli and frontline tempo bowler Mohammed Shami, each not enjoying the final three Tests in Australia for various causes.
Opening batsman Rohit Sharma had additionally missed the second Test in Melbourne, which India gained.
In reality, within the fourth and ultimate Test in Brisbane, India additionally missed the providers of strike tempo bowler Jasprit Bumrah, skilled, lead spinner R Ashwin, center-order batsman Hanuma Vihari in addition to Kohli and Shami.
Stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane’s management qualities additionally earned rave evaluations, thereby giving India a captaincy choice in Test matches.
India’s restricted-overs collection wins over England lately additionally got here within the absence of their premier tempo bowler Jasprit Bumrah with opener Sharma additionally sitting out of the primary two T20 Internationals.
India, little doubt, have a robust reserve line-up proved by their successes in Australia and England, added the supply.
In reality, Kohli had lately mentioned that India are in a wholesome place with a big pool of gamers.
“For every spot we have two-three players available. Great signs for Indian cricket. Right now we are on the right path and have a big pool of players to choose from,” Kohli had mentioned after India beat England within the first ODI.
The different factor not happening effectively with the Board is the criticism about scheduling of worldwide video games and never the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.
“Will they opt out of IPL matches and have they complained about it? They won’t,” is the query being posed among the many BCCI officers, added the supply.
By May-end this yr, all the Indian cricketers would have featured in two over 50-day IPL tournaments in a interval of 9 months. This is in addition to many of them enjoying within the two powerful, full collection towards Australia and England in between the 2 IPL editions.
What difficult issues was that the white-ball collection towards England, which was initially due to be performed final yr in August-September, had to be clubbed together with the Test collection due to Covid-19.
“The BCCI cannot do anything about the IPL. It is the cash cow. The money from it helps BCCI run domestic cricket events,” an official identified.