Vinod Rai : We can’t kill the Golden Goose

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Vinod Rai : We can’t kill the Golden Goose

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Virat Kohli's vocal unhappiness has sent shock waves through the BCCI and CoA, and the latter’s Chairman, Vinod Rai has voiced his support of the Indian captain’s annoyance. A board official also clarified that any bilateral series with Pakistan would go ahead only after the government’s permission.

India have been playing non-stop cricket for over a year now. In 2017 alone, they have played an incredible 46 matches, across all formats, with seven more to go. This figure does not include warm-up matches and the rigours that the IPL has to offer. Now, as the team prepares to start an extensive away season, they have been given only a couple day’s rest before they travel to South Africa – a place where they have never won a Test series.

Virat Kohli has been very vocal with the scheduling of fixtures and has been supported by players of both past and present. But now, more importantly, he has received the backing of the CoA chairman Vinod Rai.

"We can't be killing the golden goose for the sake of revenue. That is why the players would be given a detailed presentation during the Delhi Test match, where their opinion will be taken into consideration by the BCCI. We will discuss the FTP with the team," Rai said at the 'TOI Litfest Delhi', reported TOI.

Rai asserted that the CoA were looking into the matter and offered assurances that the number of games played each year would be reduced once the 2019-2023 Futures Tour Programme (FTP) came into effect. There is a good chance that the Indian team would have play around 32 games, all formats included, per year between 2019 and 2023.

"We are taking a 360 degree view of the situation before deciding on the FTP. The burnout of players is a serious issue. The fact that the Indian team would have only two days of rest before flying out for the South African series and start playing there without warm-up game shows that something isn't right about the schedule," Rai added.

When asked about the chances of an India-Pakistan bilateral series on the basis of the FTP, a board official told TOI, "The fact that FTP has a provision for India-Pakistan series doesn't mean that it would translate into a reality. It would be subject to clearance from the Union government.”

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