CoA responds to Shastri’s ‘best travelling team’ claim
BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) has responded strongly to Shastri’s claim by mentioning that it was not his job to decide if the Indian team was the best traveling side in the world.
During India’s tour of England, current head coach of the Indian team and former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri made a comment on the present Indian team that they are the best touring team in the history of Indian cricket.
That comment had made some controversies within fans as well as officials at that time. However, no one reacted it much since India were in a trouble situation after losing another away Test series.
But Ravi Shastri seems to be stuck on the point and that has led to an argument in a recent meeting between team management and BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA). Shastri repeated his sentiments during the meeting in Hyderabad.
He started by stating that the Indian media has always criticized their own players and also explained how the current team is one of the best ever Indian sides in the last 15 years. This has led to the exchange of words in the meeting.
An official who attended the meeting told, “When Ravi went on about how great this current team is, one of the CoA members just cut him short.”
“Let’s stick to the agenda of the meeting and discuss Australia tour policies. You don’t decide if the team is the best traveling side in the world. Let people be the judge.”
“The administrator told them, ‘You have been given everything – from hefty central contracts to practice facilities, support staff, whatever you guys have wanted. So it’s only fair that your performances are put in perspective’,” the official further added.
The meeting was attended by CoA chief Vinod Rai, committee member Diana Edulji, CEO Rahul Johri, IPL COO Hemang Amin, GM Saba Karim apart from Indian captain Virat Kohli, coach Shastri, Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, senior player Rohit Sharma and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad.