Former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar has labeled BCCI’s decision to put conditions on fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who is currently featuring for Bengal in the Elite Group B Ranji Trophy games.
Meanwhile, Shami expressed his desire to play in the Ranji Trophy in a bid to prepare for the Australia tour. However, BCCI came up with certain restrictions to manage the workload of Mohammed Shami. The apex body told the Bengal team management that he can bowl only 15 overs an innings with a grace of 2-3 overs.
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Dilip Vengsarkar termed this decision as absurd and admitted that he hadn’t heard this before.
“Suppose I’m the captain, and he’s taken two wickets in his second spell, I would want to continue him to get rid of the main batsmen. I won’t say, he’s bowled 15 overs, so he can’t bowl anymore. This is absurd. I haven’t heard this before,” Vengsarkar told TOI on Monday.
The board apparently took this decision to manage the workload of the injury-prone fast bowler. However, Vengsarkar feels it is imperative for a fast bowler to have enough match practice.
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“Bowling and batting in a match is more important than doing the same in the net because you get the confidence and the rhythm only in those 22 yards. You don’t get that in the nets. If you perform well and have runs/wickets behind you, that gives you confidence. That confidence doesn’t come by bowling 10 overs in the nets,” Dilip Vengsarkar added.
Furthermore, BCCI also asked Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin not to take part in the Ranji Trophy games for their respective states. The Test series between Australia and India commences from December 6 at Adelaide.
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