India news February 13, 2012

No need for inquiry into performance - Srinivasan

ESPNcricinfo staff

N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, has said there is no need for a formal inquiry into India's performances despite the team losing the Test series 0-4 in Australia after a similar result in England.

"This is the same team that eight months ago was the toast of India when we won the World Cup. Yes, we lost in England but then we did well at home [against England and West Indies]. We lost the Tests in Australia but have started the ODI series quite well," Srinivasan said, when asked if the BCCI was going to hold an inquiry into India's Test performances in Australia. "I have always maintained that it is not proper to have a discussion on the team's performance while the tour was still on.

"I think it is very premature to talk of an inquiry. There is no need for an inquiry at all if you ask me."

Srinivasan was reiterating his stand on the issue. He had dismissed the need for an inquiry even after India's tour of England.

"Let the team come back and it is then for the selectors, the coach and the others to decide what needs to be done to improve performance, if it is considered so necessary."

India lost their No. 1 Test ranking to England during the 0-4 whitewash in the summer of 2011. They did not win any of the limited-overs games in England either. They then beat England 5-0 in the ODIs at home, and won the Tests and ODIs against West Indies. However, India's overseas form continued to be poor and they lost the Border-Gavaskar trophy to Australia during another 0-4 whitewash in the Tests.