Former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar has hit out at the BCCI for their scheduling of international and domestic tournaments in the rain-threatened season. The former chief selector has stated that rain interruptions prevent the domestic players from proper preparations ahead of the Ranji Trophy.
Dilip Vengsarkar has come down hard on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for scheduling Australia’s tour of India as well as the Ranji Trophy in the monsoon season when most parts of the country will be drenched in rain. Speaking to TOI on Wednesday, the 61-year-old asked, “Does the BCCI's Tour Programme and Fixtures Committee give a thought to this obvious mistake that they are committing season after season?"
After rain during the first ODI ledAustralia to chase a reduced target of 164 runs in 21 overs, a task at which they eventually failed, the second ODI in Eden Gardens also remains under a similar threat.
"Why have an international One-Day series in the midst of a monsoon? No wonder the matches would be interrupted by rain, thereby robbing the cricket-loving people of watching their favourite players in action,” Vengsarkar added.
The board has, however, justified the strange scheduling by highlighting the huge number of games India are to play in the next few months. A member of BCCI said, “We need to finish off all our home engagements by December-end because India
Apart from the international schedule, the former chief selector has also criticized BCCI’s decision to begin the 2017-18 season of the Ranji Trophy from October 6, instead of the traditional early November start. While the international players do get a chance to prepare indoors, the domestic players aren’t always exposed to such facilities.
Vengsarkar, a former vice president of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) said, “Of late, with the extended monsoon, the domestic cricketers in India hardly get any time to prepare themselves before the season starts in early October. I wonder why there is such a hurry to start the season in October and finish it by December end?"
The Fixtures Committee however decided to play the blame game instead of finding a solution. Responding to Vengsarkar’s criticism, a BCCI member stated, “We've only six months to schedule everything. If we don't start by early October, we won't be able to wind up all our domestic engagements before the IPL. The technical committee of the Board must've taken all the factors into account before drawing up the domestic schedule.”