Cheteshwar Pujara, who was among the top-order batsmen who neglected to click in the five-Test series against England that India lost 1-3, has looked for authorization to play in the rest of the English district season and will be permitted to do so by the Board.
“Pujara is not part of the ODI or T20 group now and is allowed to play. He looked for my authorization to play in province cricket and I have requested that he send me the points of interest. I have chosen to permit him to play,” BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel told PTI from Vadodara.
“We have never said no to any player to play in county cricket in the event that it doesn’t go against our household cricket like Ranji Trophy and so on. On the off chance that you recall that we had permitted Gautam Gambhir to play in the English nation cricket (in 2013 for Essex),” Patel said.
Pujara, considered a Test expert, and Virat Kohli were relied upon to be the ramparts of the young Indian batting line-up, yet neglected to satisfy their notorieties in England, where conditions were helpful for swing playing.
Accordingly, the team endured three huge thrashings – two of them by an innings – and wasted the series in the wake of taking a 1-0 lead at Lord’s, which facilitated the second Test.
Pujara (26) tallied 222 runs in 10 innings with 55 as his most astounding score for a poor average of 22.20 in the series in which India were beaten inside three days in the last two Tests – losing both by an innings – to end the elastic on a bleak note.
In the meantime, the Board has pushed it as far as possible in the repercussions of the heartbreaking series by rolling out improvements in the help staff for the group for the five-match ODI arrangement against England beginning one week from now.
Asked about these changes, Patel said “something had to be done. It’s not as if our boys are poor players.”
“We were examining things in the course of the most recent two weeks and yesterday I had an exchange with the (BCCI) President, Treasurer and Joint Secretary before settling on the best strategy – to name Ravi Shastri as the team’s director,” said Patel.
“We were all exceptionally concerned. The team’s execution was irritating. I first addresses Shastri, then to the commander (Mahendra Singh Dhoni), the coach (Duncan Fletcher) and the two others (Bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding mentor Trevor Penney) and educated them about our choice,” Patel said.
The Board place Shastri responsible for the team’s issues amid the one-day series while holding Fletcher as the chief coach furthermore asked the two colleague coaches to enjoy a reprieve amid the five-diversion elastic beginning on August 25 at Bristol after a warm-up game on August 22 at Lord’s.
“As Director, it’s up to Shastri what to do and what not to do,” the BCCI Secretary maintained.
“In finish of the talks among all the office bearers of the BCCI throughout the last couple of weeks, the BCCI has chosen to avail the services of previous India skipper, Mr Ravi Shastri, to supervise and aide the Indian cricket team for the anticipated one-day international matches against England,” a press release issued by the BCCI said.
“Mr. Duncan Fletcher will proceed as Head Coach while Ravi Shastri will be the overall in-charge of Cricket affairs of the Indian Team.”
Asked about Shastri’s tenure as Team India Director, Patel said it will be “till the end of the series (which will go on till first week of September).”
“We will then have the reports of the captain, coach, manager and Shastri to discuss and then BCCI will decide on the future,” he added.