IND vs AUS 2017: Dilip Vengsarkar Hits Out at Mistimed India-Oz Series
Former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar has lashed out at the timing of the ongoing One-Day International series between India and Australia. With the country receiving widespread rain at the moment, Vengsarkar feels the mistimed series is ‘robbing the fans of watching their favourite players in action’.
“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. Does the BCCI’s Tour Programme and Fixtures Committee give it a thought to this obvious mistake that they are committing season after season?” Vengsarkar told The Times of India.
One cannot disagree with the former India batsman, as rain has already affected the first game of the series. India had managed to bat the full 50 overs, but heavy rains during the innings break saw the visitors getting a revised total of 164 in 21 overs. The upcoming second ODI, scheduled to be played in Kolkata on Thursday (September 21) is also looking set to be affected by the rain.
Both the teams have been deprived of outdoor practice, and Kolkata Met department has not ruled out a possibility of rain on Thursday especially in the evening, when the teams will be in action.
However, a BCCI member has leapt to the defence of the board’s schedule and said:
“We need to finish off all our home engagements by December-end because the Indian team is scheduled to tour South Africa in January next year.”
Vengsarkar, meanwhile, also questioned the BCCI’s decision to start the upcoming season of the Ranji Trophy from October 6, instead of the traditional start in early November. The former star feels the ongoing rainy season will not allow most teams to prepare for the tournament.
“Of late, with the extended monsoon, the domestic cricketers in India hardly get any time to prepare themselves before the season starts as early as the first week of October. I wonder why such a hurry to start the season in October and finish the season by the end of December?” he asked.
“Why can’t the BCCI start the season by the first week of November and finish it by the end of January? That I feel would be the right thing to do, as it would give enough time for the teams to prepare themselves and thereby be at their best to showcase their talent. Worse, the Under-23 matches start before the Ranji Trophy. They get into the tournament with almost no match practise,” Vengsarkar added.
The BCCI official, however, once again defended the scheduling, saying:
“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.”
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