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

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  • lokesh on September 21, 2011, 1:23 GMT

    Please tell why and who appointed this man.. It's really injustice to the people of India...

  • lokesh on September 21, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    From his statements, it seems that he want to just enjoy the position without much thoughts to improve cricket... he not at all seems to worried because of bad performances and the way India lost to England. He didn't say even one word about managing players and their injuries.

  • Tamil on September 20, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Thanks for being very progressive Mr. Srinivasan! - from your statement looks like everything is FINE with/ around the team but then why are the people who have actually played cricket asking for some kind of a review?

  • Ahsan on September 20, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    @Naresh28: Producing good pace bowlers is almost impossible for India, the can't hit even 140Kph they never produced world class fast bowler so better forget this Zaheer is probably all time best fast bowler for India & he too can't compete with best fast bowlers of his era (Lee, Anderson, Steyn, Morkel, etc)

  • Narendran on September 20, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Argus style review is not possible in India, where politics play a huge role. No one will be able to present their views in a transparent manner.

  • Narendran on September 20, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    As long as CSK does well, there won't be any Argus like review on poor performance. Yeah sure India will bounce back if they play in Indian conditions. They will be exposed in Australia unless the Australian bowling gets even worse.

  • Oliver on September 20, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    This guy doesn't seem to know much about cricket: he says the players who played all three formats didn't get injured (which as many posters have pointed it is just plain wrong); he says he "can't wait" to get back to the top spot, but presents no plan to achieve this; his grand plan for managing injuries is to make sure they are reported to the NCA - which apparently cleared all the Indian players before the England tour, many of whom evidently *were* carrying injuries, so they are clearly unreliable; finally, he ends up harking back to the world cup and excuses about not having the best players for the England series. If this man is in charge for long, it will be a long time before Indian cricket recovers! What a shame.

  • Jay on September 20, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Accountability and professionalism! The BCCI need to get these two attributes enhanced. They need to own their faults and do the necessary to improve player morale and performance. Cricket in India cannot survive unless the national team consistently registers commendable performances. If we see more debacles like in England, even the IPL profits will start to decline. Hollow victories by IPL teams is not a performance indicator for Indian players or the state of cricket in India.

  • Naresh on September 20, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Dont sweep this under the carpet BCCI. For starters there are no replacements for ZAHEER. We should be having a system that produces good quality pace bowlers. Ishant broke down due to too much cricket. I can imagine that bowling requires lots of stamina through a day of test cricket. At least BCCI should acknowledge that we had some problems.

  • Milind on September 20, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    They only talked about money in the meeting!

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