India news September 19, 2011

No special inquiry for England debacle - Srinivasan

Despite India not winning a single international match on their tour of England, N Srinivasan, the new BCCI president, has said the board is not planning a special inquiry into the team's poor performance. India were beaten 0-4 in the Test series, 0-3 in the five-match ODI series and lost the solitary Twenty20 as well in England. The board and players faced criticism for poor preparation, poor form, questionable selection and a spate of injuries that could be put down to poor management and bad luck.

"I don't like to lose," Srinivasan said after the board's annual general meeting in Mumbai. "And the BCCI can't wait to get back to the top spot. But we have not formed any committee to look into it [the tour of England]."

The India players have had a hectic schedule in 2011. Following the end of the tour of South Africa in January, they played the World Cup, the IPL and the tour of West Indies before travelling to England without a significant rest in between any assignment. Players such as Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir carried injuries through the IPL, while Zaheer Khan turned up in England looking unfit.

Injuries meant the balance of India's side was severely affected in all formats of the game. They failed to score more than 300 in eight Test innings and their bowling attack struggled to contain England's batsmen in all formats.

Srinivasan, however, disagreed with the argument that India played too much cricket, saying the BCCI had compared the number of days other countries play to that of India, and found not much of a difference. "It must be mentioned that, except for a few players, most don't play all three formats of the game," Srinivasan said. "And the players who do play all three formats were not the ones who got injured [in England].

"We have an excellent facility at the National Cricket Academy (NCA)," Srinivasan said, when asked about injury management. "As good as any in the world. Players can go there and get themselves rehabilitated." According to him, no player was selected for the national side without being cleared by the NCA first.

When asked about how the BCCI plans to manage player injuries during the IPL, Srinivasan said that Sundar Raman, the league's chief executive officer, had been instructed to ensure the franchises report injuries to the NCA.

Srinivasan said the team had performed worse than expected, but pointed out that two months ago the team had won the World Cup. "We did not have our best team together from the beginning [in England]."

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo