England in India 2012-13 December 3, 2012

ECB makes Performance Programme tour apology


The ECB has issued an apology to the BCCI following its failure to gain all the necessary clearances for the England Performance Programme's (EPP) tour of India.

ESPNcricinfo understands that, following a letter from the BCCI demanding to know why it had not been approached to grant permission for the tour, the ECB explained there had been an oversight and apologised. It is understood that the apology has been accepted and that the EPP tour will continue as planned.

While the incident will be an embarrassment to the ECB, there are some mitigating factors. It did have the authority of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) for the tour and had presumed - erroneously as it transpired - that, as several officials within the MCA are also officials within the BCCI, it had all the permission required. The ECB has now accepted that the tour did not have the appropriate clearance.

The issue was exacerbated by the fact that several members of the England Test squad, including Steven Finn, took part in the EPP game against the Dr DY Patil Academy side. Finn, trying to regain fitness after an injury that ruled him out of the first two Tests, claimed four wickets in the first innings and went a long way to proving his readiness for a recall. Some at the BCCI were understood to be underwhelmed at the lending hand being offered to the touring side in the middle of a hotly contested Test series. Some within the BCCI are also reportedly less than enamoured with Dnyandeo Yashwantrao Patil and Vijay Patil, his son who is the founder of the Academy and a vice-president of the MCA.

BCCI officials were also concerned that the likes of Craig Kieswetter and Jos Buttler, who are part of England's limited-overs squads, were using the EPP tour to gain a familiarity with Indian conditions ahead of their international commitments in the country over the next few weeks.

In September the BCCI issued a letter to all state associations in which BCCI president N Srinivasan informed them they must "not entertain any foreign teams without the prior permission of the board".

Nitin Dalal, a joint secretary of the MCA, said: "We had received a letter with regard to the England Performance squad training at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy and had forwarded it to the DYPSA authorities. Today, we received a reply from the Academy and have forwarded it to the Board."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • pramathesh on December 6, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    There is nothing wrong in England players coming to play practice games in India and nothing wrong in BCCI giving them the permission. But it is wrong if they dont apply for permission from the BCCI. ECB has rightly apologised and matter is finished. I am sure ECB would expect BCCI to request for permission if it has any plans to have a India Performance Programme's tour of England. Non-English players like Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram have been playing English country cricket. I have never heard or read about Australian cricket clubs inviting non-Australians to have such performance programme tours of Australia. BCCI as well as ECB should ensure that these performance tours are made on a equally reciprocative basis. Allowing tours by non-reciprocative and only advantage taking countries like Aus should be stopped.

  • Pelham on December 5, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully on (December 05 2012, 05:06 AM GMT): Yes the ECB should have followed the correct procedure. They have apologised for this failing and the apology has been accepted. However, your use of language such as "ECB were trying to do it in a suspicious way" and "crooked ECB" (in your earlier comment) suggests that you think the ECB were trying to prevent the BCCI from knowing that the tour was taking place. The ECB website contains several announcements about the tour, and the names of the performance squad players were given on the same day as the Test squad, on 18 September 2012. It is inconceivable to me that no-one in the BCCI read that announcement.

  • Manesh on December 5, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    @Pelham_Barton. no worries. but there is some procedure you have to follow. You must get clearance from the home country for that. ECB were trying to do it in a suspicious way! and they I have learned that some of those players are for the ODIs only. If you want a match practice before the ODI series, no issues in that. But you must follow some procedures, that's a must.

  • John on December 4, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Let me say this right now. ECB and England management have been very quiet about all the off field hoopla. Deep down they would like nothing more than a series win and stick it to the BCCI...trust me...every single one of them are focused on winning the series and believe me in the unlikely event Eng wins this series journalists form every corner of England and Wales will be out in full force to mock the BCCI.

  • D on December 4, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    I don't understand outrage. England board made mistake apologised enough already? And about panesar bowling to sachin that no different to India not allowing there there first class spinner play Sam up against England really ain't it? Also all team try make best wicket for home side we tried that at home against saffers and lost . I do think sum of you being over the top. At end of day Indian board knew performance squad was coming aswel as would need correct documents to travel to India which Indian board/Indian embassy would helped sort. About Finn playing I suppose not different to Indian plying warm up after Injury before test against England . Most important thing is Ecb realise they were wrong

  • Pelham on December 4, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully on (December 04 2012, 11:04 AM GMT) who wrote "What if India send a 30 member squad to England to select best 11 from it!!" - and others with similar sentiments: What indeed? Now that we no longer have meaningful first class cricket between Tests, I think it should be completely routine that the visiting country's second team is playing good quality cricket in the same country as the Test side, so that replacements are readily available and acclimatised in case of injury or loss of form. Question for everyone: Are you interested in seeing the highest standard Test cricket possible?

  • Charles on December 4, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    To all those Poms who think every problem is created by BCCI, please read the article before you comment. Your response is either arrogance or ignorance of facts. It is common sense that associations linked to the BCCI board has to follow protocol. In this case the permission of the board. DYPA was in breach. How the board reacts to them is the BCCI's concern not yours Pommies. As BCCI being the ultimate authority it was important for ECB to get the approval from the governing body. Presuming things is not the way anyone goes about and that shows the sorry state of the ECB. If they were not in fault would they apologize? So stop deviating from the facts and stop this baseless talk about India being scared. If you are not aware we have an IPL where the Englishmen take part in and yes it is in India. It hurts to be told by India or an institution from India I suppose but be rationale and move on and yes please stop making BCCI and India a culprit for your shortcomings.

  • gurinder on December 4, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    shame on ecb for denying sachin practice against panesar and the playing without permission in india, bcci should have stopped match and send epp squad back home , india should be ruthless to rule world cricket for decades

  • John on December 4, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    The Monty case is totally different because Monty is part of the England setup and the first choice spinner if Swann was to go down. By some people's thinking, it's ok for say KP to get net practice with Harbhajan or even A.Mishra (since they are not first choice but still part of India's plans) bowling at him a week before England were to arrive in India? People keep talking about protocol as though they know what it is or know of its existence...LAUGHABLE! This EPP tour was announced months in advance. Not like nobody knew about it. England has been doing this for many years now, fringe players touring alongside the main squad...they did it in Ashes 2010-11, they went to Sri Lanka this year when England was touring there. Anyway heads will roll if Finn does a Monty and take a 10fer and if Compton happens to pull a McGrath on the morning of the Kolkata test and Root goes on to score a ton, oh boy...there might no longer be a DY Patil Sports Academy anymore in Mumbai...LOL!!!

  • Manesh on December 4, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Another example of crooked ECB. They wanna test their players in Indian condition, but do not have proper clearance and papers! What if India send a 30 member squad to England to select best 11 from it!! Remember that the coach and ECB refused to send Paneser to bowl agaist Indian batsmen in nets. Shame on ECB and the fans who is trying very hard to save their face!

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