India news February 13, 2012

No need for inquiry into performance - Srinivasan

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • hhillbumper 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.

  • on February 15, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    i didnt expect this from BCCI ...

  • venbas 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.

  • Nutcutlet 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?

  • sunnysss 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_Kool on February 15, 2012, 0:39 GMT

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

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

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

  • sportsfan 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.

  • MrDynamic 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.

  • Mann123 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.

  • hhillbumper 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.

  • on February 15, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    i didnt expect this from BCCI ...

  • venbas 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.

  • Nutcutlet 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?

  • sunnysss 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_Kool on February 15, 2012, 0:39 GMT

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

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

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

  • sportsfan 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.

  • MrDynamic 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.

  • Mann123 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.

  • Romenevans on February 14, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Chennai dominance on Indian cricket is the worst thing ever happened to Indian cricket. I don't know how long this disease will carry on.

  • Drew12 on February 14, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    @cricketgeek I guess you haven't heard of Philander, Cummins or Pattinson then? Do SA and AUS not have their own T20 comps! T20 tends to hurt the technique of up and coming batsment, not bowlers.

  • on February 14, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    as long as the common indian cricket fan thinks that a boundary or a century from an individual hero is greater than the teams performance he will keep watching the game and bcci's revenue will not be hit. only if the common man's expectations raise beyond what it is now and he starts expecting high quality stuff and he doesn't get it then he would move on to another sport which will certainly hit bcci's wallet and then they would be forced to make corrective measures. until that happens all this meaningless flat track odi tri series at home and ipl circus will still rule...

  • Sakthiivel on February 14, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Many comments directly or indirectly say that Cricketers should become BCCI president or Admin. If we have those ppl the we will be bankrupt and will be like SLC. So leave the financial and admin works to professional. BCCI doing a great job.

  • Agnihothra on February 14, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    the only thing that hurts BCCI is the bottom line.. hopefully Mr Roy withdraws and IF BCCI cannot find another sponsor then they MAY decide to look into the test debacles... I cant see too many overseas victories for the INDIAN team in near future..may be if we start losing ODI s also badly and WHEN TRPs start affecting the BCCI BOTTOM LINE(that word again) May be then some sort of action will be taken.. one can only hope...

  • rohan024 on February 14, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    its not the same team that won the WC...Dravid and Laxman were not part of that squad.

  • jmcilhinney on February 14, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    Indias poor performance in England could be considered an aberration. When they then go home and, by Srinivasan's own admission, play relatively well and then come out to Australia and lose 0-4 again then it is an indication that something is seriously wrong. England had a proper enquiry some time back but they were pretty woeful everywhere. Australia, well used to success, had an enquiry when it appeared that they were slipping too far and they identified areas where they could improve. If England perform as poorly in SL and India as they did in UAE against Pakistan then you can bet that they'll be doing more than just having a bit of a discussion among the selectors and coaches when they may be part of the problem (see Australia). If the BCCI was responsible then they would take 8 losses in 8 away tests with 4 innings defeats a bit more seriously. Personally, I want India to be strong. I want all teams to be strong so every game is a contest.

  • chokkashokka on February 14, 2012, 5:57 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.

  • satish619chandar on February 14, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    To be fair, we dont need any enquiry into this actually.. We jsut need to revamp the team. .Give more chances to youngsters as they are doing in the VB series now.. Nothing wrong in replacing any fading experienced player with a budding yuong talent.. Fear of failure need to be removed if you want to succeed.. Just try out a series with young guys with openers guiding them.. Surely we can feel the change..

  • ansram on February 14, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Why is the WC win being brought in here, when the primary issue is India's poor record showing in the test series? India is a good ODI team still now, no one is denying that. But their test match team is in shambles and their performance certainly needs an inquiry. This statement shows that BCCI does not care about test matches - plain and simple. If two white washes without any fight in both series is not sufficient for inquiry then what else is? I suppose the BCCI will start an inquiry as soon as India have lost all the tests for two years in a row. It will be too late to wake up then. These guys are tyring to save their heads by hiding like this.

  • ada007 on February 14, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    please dont do any enquiry, indian team is perfect

  • Rahul_78 on February 14, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Ignorance can be such a bliss!

  • indianpunter on February 14, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    1.scrap the champions league.. 2. Shorten IPL to 30 days max 3. Make kohli the tst captain and dump dhoni from the test team ( Saha instead) 4. Laxman and dravid to be replaced by Sharma and pujara ASAP! 4. Drop tendulkar from the odi team ( what's he playing that for, other than the obvious?? ) and tell him 6 months max in the test team. 6. Get a decent bowling coach, please and put fletcher on notice. Perform or perish! 7. Before overseas tours, train in simulated conditions for 2-3 weeks before traveling. There you go, review done, and it's free. Nampally has a good point about separating marketing And technical sides.

  • ganig on February 14, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    This BCCI meeting shows that, we need some changes not only in the Indian cricket test team but also in the BCCI admisnstration.

  • on February 14, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    Mr Srinivasn. Some of the "toast of India", as you described had been in the toaster far too long, stale and / or burnt! Go, and get some fresh bread!

  • DingDong420 on February 13, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    What does the ODI team have to do with the Test team. heads in sand syndrome..!

  • TwitterJitter on February 13, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    The problem is not IPL. The younger guns like Kohli who played in both IPL and champions league are holding up much better. Dravid and Laxman are liabilities in the test team now and Sachin chokes under pressure.That explains why he played well in the beginning and choked later when losses mounted.Sehwag never played well (barring a few on flat tracks overseas) outside sub-continent. Ditto for Dhoni. He is the only one who is genuinely very tired because of too much cricket. Raina could not play against short ball from time immemorial that it is now a joke. These problems existed pre-IPL days and will exist with or without IPL. Much bigger issue than batting is the bowling because a Pak bowling attack can win games with 250+ runs on board. We just don't have bowling threats. Yadav is best of the lot on overseas conditions. Ishant by all accounts is a major flop and Zaheer is old. I would more worry about Indian bowling than batting outside sub-continent.

  • on February 13, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    It needs a lot of moral courage and character to investigate the reasons of any recurring failure which, unfortunately, is missing miserably in the incompetent national administrators. It is a real shame!!!

  • donda on February 13, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Good job BCCI, BCCI knows how to give respect to their legend players. This is the same team which won the WC last year. It is not the time to disrespect the legend players and also india don't have foreign series for two years then why to worry. Just keep on moving India.

  • Nampally on February 13, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    @Raja Madhavan: Retiring the players is not the answer. If you read my write up in this column, I have summarised the root cause for the India's poor showing both in England & in Australia. Unless BCCI address this nothing useful will happen. The only solution is not accept short tours of one friendly followed by 4 teats. Have 2 months of matches against local counties before the 4 tests. This is how it was done in 50's & 60's. Why have this rushed tours & put India at a disadvantage. Either have a full 4 month tour or none at all.This applies to any visiting team. Recently even England were white washed in Abu Dabi by Pakistan because of the same reason - not adapting to the pitches & conditions.Of course India white washed England in India 5-0 in ODI's recently too.It is not possible to adapt overnight to totally different pitches.

  • VickGower on February 13, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    @Lester: "Mr. Srininvasan, lets make just one small inquiry: find out from Dhoni what he has against Irfan Pathan?" Srinivasan knows zilch about cricket so let me answer. Dhoni doesn't pick Irfan because Dhoni already has much more accomplished spinners/spinning all rounders in the team ;)

  • Silverbails on February 13, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    This statement by Srinivasan says it all, as far as the BCCI are concerned. How truly pathetic!! THE PINNACLE of cricket at the present time IS Test Cricket. NOT the money - making ODI's and T20's, which really don't count for a great deal. How sad..Come on, Srinivasan and the rest of the BCCI - a FULL PUBLIC ENQUIRY and wholesale changes IS the ONLY way forward to recapturing the World No. 1 Test Team status, which IS the ONLY thing that matters in World cricket!!! Perhaps we should look to change the structure of the BCCI, IF they are NOT willing to change the structure of Indian cricket, which is CLEARLY PARAMOUNT once the Indian team comes home!!!

  • Silverbails on February 13, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    This statement by Srinivasan says it all, as far as the BCCI are concerned. How truly pathetic!! THE PINNACLE of cricket at the present time IS Test Cricket. NOT the money - making ODI's and T20's, which really don't count for a great deal. How sad..Come on, Srinivasan and the rest of the BCCI - a FULL PUBLIC ENQUIRY and wholesale changes IS the ONLY way forward to recapturing the World No. 1 Test Team status, which IS the ONLY thing that matters in World cricket!!! Perhaps we should look to change the structure of the BCCI, IF they are NOT willing to change the structure of Indian cricket, which is CLEARLY PARAMOUNT once the Indian team comes home!!!

  • Street_Hawk on February 13, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    This is what Mr. Srinibasan did not say: "What? inquiry? are you kidding me? these guys got us World Cup and after that played IPL without complaining about exhaustion...Sehwag delayed his surgery so that he can play IPL...Dhoni has led my team to win IPL and Champions league...why care about test crickets..it does not bring money anyways...the more we lose in test cricket, indians will be disinterested in test cricket and they will watch IPL even more...so great job Sachin, Sehwag, Dhoni, Dravid, Laxman, Ishant, Ashwin....way to go...no inquiry is needed."

  • nyc_missile on February 13, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Wow,isn't that breaking news Mr Srinivasan??? Well what more did we expect from you anyway..just short of saying we would beat them at home again,you blurted out exactly what was on your mind a month ago,although you denied saying it then.You clowns are the biggest impediment to Indian cricket's progress,forget the oldies,Dhoni or even IPL,the thinking at the top permeates the rest down the line.My only hope now is on selectors esp with Amarnath at the helm to take the bull by the horns and revamp the test squad..So much for all our poor fans incl me dreaming of a Argus type review..BCCI is a shame and joke on Indian cricket.They need to be kicked out ASAP even if its taken over by Govt I don't care a hoot now!its desperate times!

  • on February 13, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Mr. Srininvasan, lets make just one small inquiry: find out from Dhoni what he has against Irfan Pathan?

  • NaniIndCri on February 13, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    No this is not the same team that played world cup. Half the team was different. Anyway comparing ODI to test cricket is the dumbest thing to do.

  • on February 13, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    I feel if you care about Indian cricket then the only thing to do is to stop watching ! It's time that the cricket loving public refuses to watch the humiliation that is our national team.

    One sided series at home on turning tracks are boring !

    We should stop watching the Indian Pathetic League as well.

    If our team was winning then the IPL could serve as an extra bonus for our players and entertainment for the public. For the moment it seems to be distracting our players and diluting their skills !

  • Nampally on February 13, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Mr. Srinivasan is a businessman. He does not have much appreciation of Cricket as a game played in the modern world. Being an excellent Manager of Finances, he is not skilled to go into Nuts & bolts of cricket. This is the part of the problem. BCCI should have 2 groups running the cricket in India. Test Cricketers like Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Ganguly & Kumble running the cricket side. Administrators like Mr. Srinivasan should be running the financial & Management side. This way the job can be done efficiently paying attention to both aspects of the game. For anything positive to happen in terms of corrective actions for the current problems, the Cricket side of the BCCI should be involved. This reorganization of BCCI is essential for the betterment of the sport. This is similar to a good Engineering organization where Technical side & Management sides are separated - each responsible for their own area of expertise. This is the only way to have an efficient & action orientated BCCI.

  • alltimegreat on February 13, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    BCCI chief is such an inspiration to all other boards!! Way to go Srinivasan. I hope this Sahara fisco will bring you billions and millions of losses!! You people deserve it for making Indian cricket team a laughing stock!!

  • Nampally on February 13, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    The root cause of the poor Indian performance in Tests in England & in Australia can be summed up easily. The most important single factor is inability for the batting to adapt almost overnight to different pitches & swinging environment. It becomes more difficult, the older the players are- As the saying goes "You cannot teach old Dogs New Tricks". Batting technique & footwork are quite different in these countries than those on Indian pitches. The Test team had several Senior players whilst the ODI squad has much younger ones. So the ODI squad has adapted quicker & hence much improved performance. This also applies to Aussies & English teams visiting Asia. England were whitewashed by India 5-0 in ODI series & Pakistan beat England 3-0 recently.The second reason is poor Captaincy & XI selection.Solution: BCCI should arrange a 4 month tour of these countries with plenty of county matches before the Tests.This gives the team a better chance to adapt to the pitches & bowling - OK, BCCI?

  • TRAM on February 13, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Nothing need to change, right? In other words, Srinivasan says, no one is going to retire from the India test team !!!! ok, dear young boys of India, stop playing cricket. Dont dream of becoming India player at some point in future. No one is going to retire, so there is no chance for you when you grow up. Thank Srinivasan for saying this in advance so you dont waste your precious young years. Take some other sports.

  • on February 13, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    His statement is ok considering the tour is still on...When they are back, a postmortem, if not an enquiry will happen for sure..and big heads will start rolling...there will be a few retirement announcements before the next test series...BCCI is known for convincing players to retire from the backend...thereby projecting that they stand by the players..

  • S.Jagernath on February 13, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Srinivasan is such an embarassment.Its time someone gets rid of him.

  • SagirParkar on February 13, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    ahh Mr Srinivasan... he sure knows how to crack a joke, doesnt he ? just as he did after India's woeful performance in England, he has once again shown his ignorance about matters relating to cricket.. to say that there wont be an enquiry is one thing.. but to state that India's victories against West Indies and England at home are meant to atone for their losses abroad is just stupid... and that is why he gets the award of the month for the most comic board president !

  • Cricket_Geek on February 13, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    When the IPL started its was touted as the best thing to happen to cricket & that youngsters could rub shoulders with the best in the business. But all that talk has gone with emphasis on more recruiting foriegn players & winning matches with the best combination. This has has led to the current Indian team players & foreign players alone forming teams in the IPL. With 20-20 leagues starting all over the world now, I am not sure if players will ever be interested in Test cricket again. IPL is fast turning Indian cricket like English county cricket. The excessive cricket is leading to mediocrity especially in the bowling dept. English cricket only of late have they been able to unearth bowlers of real class.

  • on February 13, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    I think you ought to consider an inquiry against BCCI for their reluctance to prepare green tops in india. This has been a perennial problem and still BCCI will not learn. Maybe, BCCI needs a cricket coach.

  • Asadpk on February 13, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    lets keep winning at home and losing overseas

  • Precioustar84 on February 13, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    "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" - DENIAL DENIAL DENIAL!!! Srinivasan has no clue between overseas and home, or between tests and ODIs. OF course we are doing better in ODIs because OLDIES aren't there!! Even now, there are couple players that we can do without in the ODI team. Maybe a few losses in India will bring some sense for you Srinivasan??! I say boycott IPL to those that support that circus!! Without fans, there is no Indian Cricket and no BCCI.

  • crikbuff on February 13, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    BCCI has become a laughing stock! Pack of jokers!

  • on February 13, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    He is Indian cricket's Ijaz Butt. When the same man can be allowed to be both BCCI president and owner of an IPL franchise, you know that ethical governance or conflict of interest mean little to the administrators. They are feasting on the Indian public's insatiable appetite for cricket. But as the low turn-outs in the recent ODI series in India proved, a combination of fatigue and consistent under-performance can turn even the most ardent fans away from the game.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 13, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    WELL MR. SRININVASAN INDIA WON WC WITH A YOUNG TEAM NOT WITH 39 YEAR OLD OLDIES . THESE OLDIES ARE LIABLIITY ON THE FIELD . " WE HAVE STARTED WELL IN ODIS ". DOES THIS MEAN THAT WHITEWASH IN TEST DOESN'T MATTER TO YOU .

  • Unmesh_cric on February 13, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    This is absolutely ridiculous! It's almost like BCCI only cares about money and not about the team's on-field performance. To me, it seems like as long as IPL goes well, BCCI won't care even if we lose all Test matches. The pride the team management and administration use to take from our overseas Test performances (in Ganguly era) is completely gone. It seems the Test losses only hurt fans, but not as much to the team management or the BCCI.

  • on February 13, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    because bcci doesnt have time for anyother thig despite ipl

  • AttaGirl on February 13, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    No use talking..any amount of inquiry is not going to help. It's the selectors job from here on based on feedback from team management.

  • p77gin on February 13, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    what is really needed that the BCCI is rid of all the politicians! these guys are destroying the game and the players along with it! :-( i wish there was a way to have a coup against all the secretaries and presidents or BCCI!

  • pritpalpabla on February 13, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    he is right.. you can't say inquiry stuff in the mid of the tour... but yah they need to start giving more exposure to young players in test matches who has done good in domestic cricket...

  • Harishonthemic on February 13, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Does this guy know the difference between WI and Aus? Does this guy know the difference between flat pitches and green pitches? Does this guy atleast know the difference between an ODI and a test match? God save Indian test cricket.

  • Scube on February 13, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    If at all there is an enquiry, anyone with little common sense will advise that the Board for Cremation of Cricket in India should be dissolved to save cricket in India! So, why go for an enquiry when the outcome is so obvious!

  • Vpx23 on February 13, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Fantastic!! We need a more responsible comment especially coming from the top.. "

    For Everybody's sake speak up with accountability Mr. Srini..Don't hide!!!!

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

    Waiting for Brown Wash and a Black Wash!!!! Do we need to wait to touch rock bottom on the ranking list??

  • ProdigyA on February 13, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    If anything has to be done, First, fire this guy Srinivasan, he does not contribute in anyway except increasing the laid back and lethargic attitude in the Indian team. Second, fire the fatso Duncan Fletcher who always seems to be sleeping. And yes, if possible kick Dhoni out of the test team as well.

  • NairUSA on February 13, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    I hope he is not kidding. Winning one ODI is considered as performance improvement?

  • Sinhaya on February 13, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Trim down the IPL! It is really burning out the players. Also stick to 3 tests per series until further notice.

  • on February 13, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    atleast indian team isnt bankrupt like the lankans and indian team dont have pressure from politicians n political pressure.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on February 13, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    And this guy is the President of the board? Wow, a wart that does not know/care about the difference between ODIs and Tests is a board president. That explains a lot about why India sucks.

  • VickGower on February 13, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    This man gives me heartburn and worse. Somebody save crickett from him.

  • on February 13, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    I agree. Indians have to get straight with their board if they want the team to have a decent future! Peace!

  • Naren on February 13, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Pathetic response. This is all because of Indian public. They have very short memory. India is an unfit test team. Boycott T20s.

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  • Naren on February 13, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Pathetic response. This is all because of Indian public. They have very short memory. India is an unfit test team. Boycott T20s.

  • on February 13, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    I agree. Indians have to get straight with their board if they want the team to have a decent future! Peace!

  • VickGower on February 13, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    This man gives me heartburn and worse. Somebody save crickett from him.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on February 13, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    And this guy is the President of the board? Wow, a wart that does not know/care about the difference between ODIs and Tests is a board president. That explains a lot about why India sucks.

  • on February 13, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    atleast indian team isnt bankrupt like the lankans and indian team dont have pressure from politicians n political pressure.

  • Sinhaya on February 13, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Trim down the IPL! It is really burning out the players. Also stick to 3 tests per series until further notice.

  • NairUSA on February 13, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    I hope he is not kidding. Winning one ODI is considered as performance improvement?

  • ProdigyA on February 13, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    If anything has to be done, First, fire this guy Srinivasan, he does not contribute in anyway except increasing the laid back and lethargic attitude in the Indian team. Second, fire the fatso Duncan Fletcher who always seems to be sleeping. And yes, if possible kick Dhoni out of the test team as well.

  • Vpx23 on February 13, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Fantastic!! We need a more responsible comment especially coming from the top.. "

    For Everybody's sake speak up with accountability Mr. Srini..Don't hide!!!!

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

    Waiting for Brown Wash and a Black Wash!!!! Do we need to wait to touch rock bottom on the ranking list??

  • Scube on February 13, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    If at all there is an enquiry, anyone with little common sense will advise that the Board for Cremation of Cricket in India should be dissolved to save cricket in India! So, why go for an enquiry when the outcome is so obvious!