cramped tours

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Nov 2017 14:20:36

NOW that one of the best performing and a hard working captains of Indian team, Virat Kohli has raised the issue of cramped scheduling of cricket tours and has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to give a serious thought to the issue, it is time for the BCCI to respond appropriately to the issues raised by him. The manner in which he is playing international cricket ever since his debut, Virat Kohli is not the one to flinch from tight scheduling or gruelling contests. He has shown that he is a passionate fighter on the field and loves his game dearly. If such a workaholic skipper raises the issue of cramped scheduling of tours and series, it is time the BCCI changes its outlook on this issue. 

Recently the issue of overkill had also cropped up in the same connection. If the two issues are put together, an impression is created that the BCCI is more interested in squeezing every ounce of energy from the cricketers by agreeing to tours which promise no rest to the players. During the last couple of years, especially, most members of the Indian team, particularly the core of the team, are virtually living out of a suitcase, leaving no time for relaxation, preparation or recuperation from injuries. It appears in the BCCI’s thinking mental and physical needs of the players have hardly any consideration. No other team in international cricket is so much tied up. There have been occasions when even as one team is in the process of finishing its tour of India, another one has already landed up to play another gruelling series against India.

Talking to reporters on the eve of the Nagpur test, Virat Kohli said that because of the very tight schedule, the team hardly has got time to prepare for the next series, which is obviously going to be tougher one in South Africa, what with their playing conditions and the present standing of the South Africans. Since the team is going abroad after a long gap, playing most series in home conditions for many months, the expectation of a preparation time was understandable. Former Captain Sourav Ganguly too has endorsed Virat Kohli’s view on scheduling cricket series, especially the bilateral tours.

Clearly the BCCI is exploiting the Indian fans’ passion for cricket to the fullest to fill its coffers. The shorter versions of the game have been particularly the biggest money-spinners for the BCCI and cricket boards abroad eagerly look forward to Indian cricket team’s visit to their shores to shore up their own finances. With a willing BCCI, a visit by the Indian team abroad or a visit to India is always on the cards. Even the new dispensation does not appear to have given any thought to the issue of overkill and cramped scheduling of tours.