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No special inquiry for England debacle - Srinivasan

Tariq Engineer

September 19, 2011

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Munaf Patel in some discomfort, England v India, 5th ODI, Cardiff, September 16, 2011
India's tour of England was poor from start to finish © Associated Press

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]."

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Posted by lokphy on (September 21, 2011, 1:23 GMT)

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

Posted by lokphy 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.

Posted by TamilIndian 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?

Posted by Ahsan_Shere 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)

Posted by Naren 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.

Posted by Naren 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.

Posted by OliverWebber 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.

Posted by NairUSA 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.

Posted by Naresh28 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.

Posted by m_ilind on (September 20, 2011, 14:47 GMT)

They only talked about money in the meeting!

Posted by Naresh28 on (September 20, 2011, 14:37 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.

Posted by SteamRoller on (September 20, 2011, 14:15 GMT)

@harshalb - you have stolen the words from my mouth. Its hightime we(Indian fans) ignore(by not following) the IPL and CLT20. Only by this way the circus will come to an end leading to the bettement of Indian cricket and inturn leading to a better international competion among the teams. The BOTTOMLINE is we fans whould mass boycott the IPL/CLT20.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2011, 5:24 GMT)

I guess the reason BCCI is not organizing an inquest into the abject failures of the Indian team in England is because they would have been shown as a major contributor to the debacle; stupid selections, poor player management and injury after injury. They took the gloss off what was supposed to be a marquee series, and they will continue to degrade cricket with their IPL circus. Indeed, the BCCI "does not like losing". I find it strange that they never refer to the team as the Indian's like team BCCI! The BCCI has not lost is the team, players and fans that are suffering!

Posted by Prats6 on (September 20, 2011, 5:03 GMT)

this is so ridiculous. I am amazed that no one from BCCI would even finch before saying this.. So England debacle was part and parcel of "the game". India were humbled, embarrassed and we were ashamed how our team played and this is nothing for BCCI. Ofcourse there are paid "experts" that BCCI has in commentary boxes that justify whatever BCCI does. There is no iota of shame in the officials. We have the worst board in the world and the results would sooner than later show in the field as well.

Posted by harshalb on (September 20, 2011, 3:44 GMT)

NS has stated what he had to. BCCI is NOT going to compromize on IPL, that is it. Now it is the turn of the cricket fans to speak by ignoring IPL.

Posted by harshalb on (September 20, 2011, 3:34 GMT)

NS has chonen Option 1 from Harsha Bhoglay's 3 options

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (September 19, 2011, 20:50 GMT)

i agree with the bcci theres no need for a full investigation as we all know the reasons behind why india failed in eng: lack of preparation, unfortunate with injuries, mentally and physically exhausted and use of dodgy DRS against them. it need'nt require a full investigation to solve such problems because its not soo much about the players ability coz we all know they are some of the best in the world!

Posted by Nampally on (September 19, 2011, 18:46 GMT)

@Rakhil Pakethra:The cricket fans are angry because of this news item which says BCCI is not taking any action to investigate the Indian team performance in England. Where does it say in the article that a special committee is set up with Amarnath, Kumble & Dravid to investigate this issue? The real issue is selecting players who are physically unfit in the squad before ensuring their fitness levels. Why was Sehwag selected FOR 2 TESTS knowing that his shoulder is still not healed fully after the surgery?Why was a proper opener not chosen instead of a "Rookie" - Mukund? Similarly out of shape Yuvraj, Gambhir & Zaheer were included without ensuring their physical fitness. The trouble is no body cares to verify the physical fitness before selecting a player. So the real question is who is in-charge of checking physical fitness? A dozen injuries is shameful & should go down in Guiness Book of Records. BCCI should spend some its profits to avoid such injuries of these Cricketers.

Posted by Nampally on (September 19, 2011, 18:09 GMT)

It is a sad reflection of what BCCI stands for with a Business man at the helm. Why should he be interested in the game? His interests are in the bottom line. As long as the Board made profit, it does not matter what the Cricket Team does.Srinivasan needs to be reminded that it is a Cricket Board not a profit making business.!. India should have arrived in England 4 weeks in advance of the first game and set up a camp to get fit and get used to the conditions in England.BCCI should have provided funding for this.2. Separate teams for Tests, ODI & T-20, as England and all countries do. BCCI to provide funds.Focus on the team weaknesses & send reinforcements. India was grossly lacking in bowling. Why were the bowlers not sent? Does NCA ensure the team physical fitness - if so why were there so many out of shape& out of practice guys like Zaheer, Yuvraj, RP Singh, Sehwag, Gambhir? Do NCA, BCCI or the Selectors take care of it or none? This points need probing inot by BCCI NOW.

Posted by Prats6 on (September 19, 2011, 17:55 GMT)

there would be a day when people would stop watching cricket in India very soon, BCCI is already killing the golden goose and now by saying this, they prove they dont care about fans, the game, or anything except their fat bellies. Its sad.

Posted by zico123 on (September 19, 2011, 17:33 GMT)

after 4-0 whitewash in Test series and 3-0 in ODI and a T20 loss, in total 9 losses without a single win on England tour and there will be no investigation!! ofcourse because we all know it is BCCi's fault in scheduling, preparation and managing players workload and over-obsession with IPL, so how can investigate to find fault in themselves!! all BCCI care is how to earn more and more money, they don't care if India wins or lose! get rid of these politicians from BCCI, put ex-players in and cut the crap called IPL

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

Calm down ppl,this news is past one.BCCI has appointed today 3 member committee to look into debacle of England tour.the members are Mohinder Amarnath,Anil Kumble and Dravid himself.Calm down ppl,this news is past one.BCCI has appointed today 3 member committee to look into debacle of England tour.the members are Mohinder Amarnath,Anil Kumble and Dravid himself.

Posted by antojeevaM on (September 19, 2011, 16:41 GMT)

Ahaaaaaah....... we have the champions league now.So who cares about the Indian Team performance. The thing which happened in england will happen again in the return series as well.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 16:38 GMT)

Ofcourse! there is no need of inquiry, and players being overworked is laughable.

Have we got our share from ECB.....Kerching!! Have we got TV money....Kerching!! Have Franchises payed the money....Kerching!! Sod the team.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (September 19, 2011, 16:22 GMT)

I think BCCI has done a very commendable job by trusting the players.......You don't need a scientist know that these players are best in the world.....

Posted by daalien on (September 19, 2011, 15:55 GMT)

I am curious to know whether Srinivasan would adopt the same attitude if his company (India Cements, I believe?) had record losses for the current budget year....His shareholders would be out looking for somebody to accept responsibility; Indians are shareholders of the game and we demand accountability....

Posted by SachinIsTheGreatest on (September 19, 2011, 15:41 GMT)

So there you have it. Nothing went wrong in England! All is fine with the world and if we could have the next IPL with 445 matches please!!!!

Posted by ACHILLES_FZX on (September 19, 2011, 15:21 GMT)

Lets see sehwag gambhir zaheer harbhajan these are the players who do not play for india in all formats according to new bcci president may be he was just considering the fitness of CSK players

Posted by Honestcricket on (September 19, 2011, 15:15 GMT)

Honestly this is poor thinking . BCCI should spend some time debating the performance. It is not the injury that caused the failures . It is the performance of the players and you can not take away the credit from England that they grouped well to beat India to the floor.

Posted by zzzombie on (September 19, 2011, 15:12 GMT)

"And the BCCI can't wait to get back to the top spot." -- succinctly summarizes the attitude.

Posted by Romenevans on (September 19, 2011, 14:12 GMT)

Srinivasan "i dont like to lose, and BCCI is ready to get back on top spot" How? Let me tell you. All he will do is to arrange some quick fire series in sub-continent (Sri Lanka Bangladesh) where his flat track bullies will smack the ball all over the place and here we go "fans are happy, media is happy" all fooled and we are on top again. Yeaay!

Posted by krishchen on (September 19, 2011, 14:01 GMT)

Yes the team played to its potential, why does it mandate an review???

Posted by Sanj747 on (September 19, 2011, 14:00 GMT)

What a joke. You must be kidding Mr Srinivasan. Normal service has been restored. Incompetent management and players. The same happened when Indian won the world cup in 1983. The WIs toured Indian at the end of 1983 and won the test series 3-0 and the ODIs 6-0. Exactly the same has happened in England. Might be easier if Indian cricket accepted the fact that they are so hot and cold they are not a sustainable top order team. The WIs and Aussies were and showed this clearly over a long period of time.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 13:59 GMT)

I guess according to the new BCCI president the Indian Team wasn't good enough in the first place...

Posted by CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on (September 19, 2011, 13:57 GMT)

Looking at thr number of pakistanis commenting it seems as if they are much more eager and dumbfounded why BCCI ain't conducting any don argus sorta review dont b guys even if indians have lost and are in dire straits u dont need to worry what should bother u if make sure terrorists are not playing t20 at karachi,lahore,peshawar,rawalpindi be worried about bringing cricket in pakistan than worrying about india

Posted by spinkingKK on (September 19, 2011, 13:14 GMT)

I thought Sehwag, Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan missed most part of the England tour and they play all 3 forms of cricket. But, now Mr.Sreenivasan is saying something new. Players who don't play all the 3 formats did make it through, except for Rohit Sharma who was hit by a ball while playing. So, all is good according to the Indian board.

Posted by SagirParkar on (September 19, 2011, 13:09 GMT)

so very typical of the BCCI.. it is possibly very well aware that if there was an impartial enquiry, then their fat would be in the fire.... therefore they decided to the sensible tihng and not conduct an enquiry at all.. besides, they wouldnt want to change their old habits and kill the goose that laid golden eggs for its administrators ! shame on you BCCI !

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (September 19, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

Harsha Bhogle is gonna be very disappointed when he reads this article.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 12:45 GMT)

Incompetent management would probably be highlighted...

Posted by EmjayKhan104 on (September 19, 2011, 12:41 GMT)

Why would there be an inquiry? It's clear to the world that India were outplayed in all departments. Indian players are unfit and as the commentators mentioned numerous times that India are the only team that did not use the gym facilities in any venue throughout England. Indian team were also seen boozing, so that explains it, how can you player with a beer belly and a hangover. INQUIRY CLOSED

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

I am not in the least surprised by the BCCI's decision in this regard, however as an ardent cricket follower, I am very disappointed. Instead of looking at the debacle that befell Indian in England with honesty and making an effort to tackle some of the underlying causes, they have effectively said that it doesn't matter; that when England return to India, they will be put in their place; tendulkar will gt his hundredth century, and all will be well again with Indian cricket. Contrast that with what Australia did after the Ashes loss to England last year, thy not only reviewed the failure in nauseating detail, but also put a plan in place to tackle the reasons behind their poor performance. As a consequence, they are ALREADY reaping some of the benefits of that plan. It boggles the mind as to why the BCCI does not care about cricket other than as a money spinning yarn...

Posted by AdnanKayani on (September 19, 2011, 12:38 GMT)

no problem in losing of India until the hosting board pays the full payment of appearance fee to BCCI, way to go new president, this will set the tone for rest of your tenure

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 12:38 GMT)

Not just Sehwag and Zaheer.... but Also Ishant, Bhajji, Gambhir (altho his injury was due to concussion) play all 3 forms of cricket for India

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 12:35 GMT)

"And the players who do play all three formats were not the ones who got injured" - Is Srinivasan talking about India? Kindly enlighten us Mr. Srinivasan - what forms of cricket do Sehwag and Zaheer not play?

Posted by CricketChat on (September 19, 2011, 12:34 GMT)

This is an example of poor thought process by BCCI president. They should always conduct a tour post-mortem whether Ind wins 5-0 or loses 4-0 with the intention of overcoming deficiencies and taking measures to further strengthen team. With the selection committee pretty much unchanged, we can expect nothing better till at least next yr.

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