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Kohli criticises the scheduling of New Zealand tour


Indian skipper Virat Kohli criticised the poor scheduling of their tour to New Zealand as players don’t have much time to adjust themselves, mainly the time difference.

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India are all set to take on New Zealand in a long outing in New Zealand. The tour will kickstart with the T20I series on January 24. There are many expectations and anticipations on Indian players on how they tackle in New Zealand conditions.

But it looks like Indian players are little unhappy with the scheduling of the tour as Indian skipper Virat Kohli criticised the scheduling quoting that players are facing some difficulties in adjusting themselves to the conditions as well as the time difference.

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“It is definitely getting closer and closer to landing at the stadium straight. That is how compressed the gap has become. I think this kind of travel and coming to a place which is seven hours ahead of India time is difficult to adjust immediately. I am sure that these things will be taken into consideration much more in the future,” Kohli said.

India finished the home ODI series against Australia in the time span of less than one week for the New Zealand tour. At the same time, Virat Kohli and co are having continuous tight schedule in their national duty which will be a big concern for the players. Kohli quoted these things as well and said that the team is looking to display outstanding performance despite these issues.

“The last series we played against Australia was ODIs so we spent more time on the field, but we played a few T20s before that. Having played a lot more cricket than just T20s in the last three games, we will find it easier to come here and play even though with less time (to prepare). We are looking forward to that and starting with the series because this is the year of the world cup and every T20 is important,” Kohli added.

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