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.

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  • stuart on February 15, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    IPL will cover all those nasty issues like being god awful in foreign climes.At least you can blame the DRS,foreign umpires and doctored pitches (Ie not flat roads). Aussie faced up to there issues as did England but hey guess India will just keep winning everything.

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    i didnt expect this from BCCI ...

  • Venkat on February 15, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Hope Cricinfo is confident enough to publish this satire... Story for 2046 AD... Team Indian gets walloped by a massive innings defeat by the Oxford County school team. The match ended inside the first day beating all previous records!!! Yet another - Team India shell shocked by Adelaide kindergarden kids team. Massive innings defeat inside 2 days. It was all the more memorable for NihcaS Jr who denied his grandpa his 100th century for the 1000th time. Watching the match on strecthers with an Oxygen mask, Srinvasan and Pawar are thrilled to bits about the progress of the team in 50 yrs of (mis)rule by the BCCI.

  • ian on February 15, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Indian fans everywhere, greetings! I would like to offer you you my sincere and complete sympathy with your plight. Everything I have read over the months on this site about the decisions and opinions of Mr N Srinivasan, Chairman of the most powerful (i.e. the richest) cricket board on the planet, tells me that you do not have a chairman of whom you can be proud. He lets you down very badly and is certainly not interested in moving Indian cricket forward. In common with autocrats over the ages, he is deeply suspicious of change, resents inquiries of all sorts and hasn't a democratic bone in his body. That last is ironic, is it not, considering that India is the largest democracy on earth. Indeed, were he an Englishman, i/c ECB, we, the fans & the free press, would have hounded him from office. Does it really matter to me, an outsider? Yes, of course, it does! The health and wellbeing of cricket world-wide is a matter dear to my heart. When are you going to find a way of removing him?

  • Sunny on February 15, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Is there any poll to see who favours BCCI in its current status ? I havn't seen any statements coming from BCCI which goes with general thinking of Indian cricket loving public.In the event of an election none of the BCCI officials would even salvage their deposits !! How these people manage to get to these coveted positions ? Are they subject to any scrutiny at all ? How long can these circus go ? Though our cricketers are not playing well majority of the blame should lie at the door step of these officials who don't have any vision,objective, strategy,planning nor any execution capability. In my opinion players are playing as well as they are allowed to play.. See the performance of the players after several weeks of acclimatisation to current conditions. If they had come well prepared and spent three/four weeks before the first test results will be different ..

  • Harry on February 15, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    Wow, how deep into the ground can anyone get their head?

  • Rusty on February 15, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Throw out Sriniarsean and Indian cricket will rise again............

  • Gajapathy on February 14, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    I agree with mr. srinivasan. there is no need for an inquiry. only change that happened to indian cricket since world cup is the coach. you don't have to be rocket scientist to decipher the cause for the collapse of indian cricket. bcci should have fired the coach after the first series in the WI. bcci doesn't have the guts to stand up and accept that they made a mistake and fire the coach.

  • jai on February 14, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    I concur ...

    Posted by chokkashokka on (February 14 2012, 05:57 AM GMT)

    there should be an inquiry and that should rightly be followed by spin friendly low and slow wickets for when the english and aussie teams visit India. Nothing less than square turners should suffice - and then the press should call for inquiries into the english and aussie debacles.

  • Aman on February 14, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    We don't need a review of the team then at least we need a review of BCCI so the public who funds these billions through advertisement revenue can know how these bureaucrats, businessmen and politicians have ruled this organization. Srinivasan is the living mockery of rules and ethics of a sporting body. Not only they are a disease to Indian cricket but by their Money clout to the whole cricketing world. Hope this ends, hoping against hope it really does.

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