Was consulted by BCCI on away tours, hope they consult Virat Kohli as well: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgThe Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) led by Vinod Rai has decided to make a presentation to the players on the sidelines of the third Test against Sri Lanka in Delhi regarding the cramped schedule.This comes in after Virat Kohli’s appeal to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over the schedule and lack of proper camp ahead of the South Africa tour beginning on January 5. Team India will play three Tests, ODIs and T20Is each against the Proteas.Talking about the issue, former India captain Sourav Ganguly revealed that the board did consult him on away tours scheduling during his tenure as the captain. He also went onto add that it was one of the reasons behind India’s successful tour of Australia in 2003-04, where the visitors narrowly missed out on winning the four-match series and drew it 1-1.”I keep saying that it depends on the captain and Virat should have sorted this out six months ago because when these negotiations were going on regarding the series, regarding when will Sri Lanka come and when will India go to South Africa, then Virat being the captain must have had a say. I had a say when I was captain and I remember going to Australia in 2003 we went four weeks ago and made sure we played three warm-up games before we started the first Test and that is how we played well”, said Ganguly to India Today. (Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni to discuss pay hike with COA boss Vinod Rai)advertisementThe appex court appointed the COA earlier this year to look after the BCCI and implement the Lodha reforms. The body now wants to revert to the old policy of consulting captains on foreign tours, and Ganguly says Mahendra Singh Dhoni missed a trick when he was the Test captain. Even Mahi had recently backed Virat saying that players need time to prepare overseas.”I think Mahi also faltered and it is so nice to hear from him that there should be time for preparation. He at times also when he went to Australia and England…arrived a week before and lost the series because before you realise it is over. So, this problem has been for India and hopefully they can do that (plan tours better in future). Obviously, it is very close to South Africa series and they cannot do much but they will go to England in June-July and they must make sure that they go a good three weeks ago, play the warm-up matches and start the series and then do the same thing with Australia at the end of the year and next year. So Virat has to have a say in this and as a captain and a successful captain, he must speak to the board and make sure this happens because otherwise it is not going to be easy as by the time you realise two Test matches will be over,” said the former captain. And Rai also said the same and now will meet Kohli and Co. to discuss future tours and other issues. “We can’t be killing the golden goose for the sake of revenue. That is why the players would be given a detailed presentation during the Delhi Test match, where their opinion will be taken into consideration by the BCCI. We will discuss the FTP with the team. We are taking a 360 degree view of the situation before deciding on the FTP. The burnout of players is a serious issue. The fact that the Indian team would have only two days of rest before flying out for the South African series and start playing there without warm-up games shows that something isn’t right about the schedule”, said Rai.With only a five-day gap between the end of the Sri Lanka series and the tour game in South Africa, Ganguly reckons that there is little time for the team to adjust to the conditions.”You have to adjust to the bounce of the pitch which is the most important thing. The bounce would be completely different in South Africa and you need to get used to it. I am just worried that there is only one side game before the start of the Test as Virat has said and I do not know whether it is enough. Hopefully they will get used to it and by the time the first Test match starts they will be up and ready. So good luck to India”, concluded Ganguly.advertisementThe third Test against Sri Lanka begins in New Delhi on 2nd December.last_img read more