BCCI has swung into action following the alleged “communication gap” between the team management, selectors, and the board itself over team building and future planning. BCCI top brass has got down to talking to players and selectors in preparation for a two-year “blueprint” to resolve such issues.
The development comes in the wake of India’s loss in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand in June and captain Virat Kohli comments on the need to prepare for a “transition”, particularly in the Test format.
BCCI Looking To Create A System To Avoid Confusion Among Management And Players And Hearing Concerns Without Much Delay
One common problem that has been identified is that the lack of clarity in building a team for a big tournament. There have been multiple instances when players have complained of a “lack of communication” from either the team management or the selection committee over the past three years. As far as communication is concerned, the board has opened a channel directly with the players and team management to avoid any confusion
The BCCI top brass has been working on life beyond the T20 World Cup to be staged in October- November. Chief selector Chetan Sharma has been having rounds of meetings with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. According to sources, the meetings were based more on preparing the blueprint. The present selection committee’s performance will be up for review after they complete a year in December.
“There were issues pertaining to communication and messages getting lost in translation. So the board top brass is looking to create a system so that the team management and players can have their concerns heard by the top management without much delay,” a top BCCI official said.
Meanwhile, the Indian team is all set to lock horns with England in the 2nd Test match at Lord’s. The first Test ended in a draw after Day 5 was washed out due to rain; when India needed 157 more runs to win with 9 wickets in hand. The Test series consists of 5 matches and the final encounter will begin on September 10.
Ravi Shastri Led Management Also Requested For An Additional Player But The Selectors Denied The Request
BCCI has stepped in to clear the air and stop an alleged “communication gap” between the team management and the selection committee.
There have been disagreements and rifts between the two parties over the course of the past few months, and Jay Shah and Sourav Ganguly have stepped in to nip out any issues in the bud. To gauge concerns, the BCCI themselves have opened a channel of communication with the Virat Kohli and Co. and the Ravi Shastri-led team management to ensure smooth sailing during the ongoing India-England series.
Things got frosty again following Shubman Gill’s injury after the WTC final, which led to the team management in England asking for two openers (Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal) as replacements.
BCCI and selectors had first decided against sending any replacements but eventually, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav were sent as covers. The duo is still in quarantine and will only be available from the third Test onwards.
The Ravi Shastri-led team management also requested for an additional player with Jayant Yadav and Devdutt Padikkal as options, but the selectors denied the request.
The two Mumbai batsmen were sent to the UK despite India having lost Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan to injury. Things could worsen for Virat Kohli and Co. with Shardul Thakur also nursing an injury.