BCCI official replies to Kohli’s complaint of India’s hectic schedule

There has been a busy schedule for the Indian cricket team ever since the last year’s World Cup. After team’s defeat against New Zealand in the showpiece event, India travelled to West Indies for a big tour and then India invited South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia at home. Now they are in New Zealand for the next big assignment.

BCCI official replies to Kohli's complaint of India's hectic schedule
Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson

The planning didn’t go down well with captain Virat Kohli and he wants Indian cricket body, Board of Control for Cricket in India to make changes in their travel plans in the near future. However, the BCCI officials feel Virat Kohli should have communicated the same to them instead of speaking about it in the media.

Speaking to IANS, a top BCCI functionary added that while Kohli does have every right to talk about his opinion, but the board does try to make the best possible travel plans and schedule only by keeping the interest of the players in mind.

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“He has every right to raise a point, but to be fair, all travel plans are made keeping in mind the interest of the players. If you see, we tried to space it out as much as we could post the World Cup when we played at home and the boys were also given a break during Diwali.

“It honestly made more sense to be flying to Auckland from Bengaluru than the team regrouping after a break,” the functionary on the condition of anonymity said.

When enquired about the matter, BCCI official added that the planning was done during the contract of the Committee of Administrators and if Kohli or anyone in the team had an issue, they could have easily spoken to the Secretary rather than in the media.

“The schedule was tight, but I don’t see what the problem is when it is a schedule made under the CoA and supervised by the CEO. Should this issue not have been raised with them considering the fact that they seemed to be on each other’s speed dial?

“Even if he would have raised the issue with the BCCI Secretary, it could have been addressed. While Kohli is free to express himself the way he wishes to, there’s a system that needs to be followed for resolution of issues and the core of the system is communication,” the official told IANS.

While addressing the media ahead of the opening T20I at Eden Park, Indian captain Virat Kohli said that it was coming to a situation where players were landing at the stadium from one series to the other. He added that the gap has become compressed.

“It’s getting closer and closer to landing at the stadium straight. That’s how compressed the gap has become. This kind of travelling to a place that is seven and a half hours ahead of IST is difficult to adjust immediately. Hopefully, this will be taken into consideration in the future,” he pointed. “But this is the year of the World Cup and every T20 is important. So we can’t lose our focus.”

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