Richest cricket board BCCI facing difficulties because of Indian players families
The Indian cricket team is currently a
pretty happy bunch as they are leading the five-match ODI series against New
Zealand 3-1. The next match would be played on Sunday at the Westpac Stadium in
Wellington and the visitors would be keen to get another victory before they
head to play the three-match T20I series. However, the Board of Control for
Cricket in India (BCCI) hasn’t had the best of times.
The family members of Indian players
accompany their spouses on overseas tours and that has turned out to be a
massive headache for the world’s richest cricket board, especially from the
logistical point of view. The same issue was in the discussion for the entire
2018, but the board hasn’t been able to find a solution to the logistical
aspect and it will extend until the World Cup, starting on May 30.
To be allowed on overseas tour As reported, BCCI allowed wives to stay with their husbands after 10 days of the tour. The board also tried a ‘family period’, where the families visited the players for a set period of time, which varied from tour to tour.
It is learned that the visit of families does not cost BCCI much because the cricketers are footing the bills of their families, but it is turning out to be a logistical issue for BCCI. “If the team is travelling with less number of members, it is easy to manage. It is easy for the BCCI staff to make the field arrangements. Right from booking ticket to rooms, arrangement handling the entire management is BCCI. A logistical nightmare if this arrangement – of families travelling with the players – to continue in the World Cup for the entire duration, “a BCCI official told on Thursday.
Taking a cue from the recently concluded
Australian tour, BCCI is not happy that some Test players who were not even
regulars, travelled with their extended families for two weeks. “It is
difficult to manage all of them together. There is also the problem of
arranging match tickets for their families. It is to be regulated. This is not
a question of money,” the official added.
As far as family members travelling with
partners is concerned, the Indian captain, Virat Kohli has mostly been seen
with Bollywood actress and wife Anushka Sharma. Both shared pictures on social
media, enjoying their time in New Zealand and Australia. Kohli recently ended
his stint against the Black Caps and went on a holiday with Anushka in a
private jet after the third ODI in Mount Maunganui.
Team India have asked the BCCI to allow their wives and girlfriends to travel with them for the entire duration of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
The Indian cricket team put forward a couple of requests in their review meeting with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) in Hyderabad after their disappointing England tour. The requests put forth include a reserved train coach during the World Cup in England next year, permission for wives to accompany players and bananas.
Needless to say, the request for bananas in the dressing room surprised the CoA. This unusual demand apparently arose from the England cricket board’s failure to serve the Indian team with bananas. According to a report in The Indian Express, the request amused the CoA who said that the players should have asked the team manager to get them bananas and billed the BCCI.
“Apparently, the England cricket board failed to serve the Indian team the fruit of their choice during the tour,” the report quoted an unnamed official as saying.
“But the CoA (BCCI’s Committee of Administrators) was amused by the request and said that the players should have told the team manager to buy bananas on the BCCI’s expenses.
“There were other demands about booking hotels with a proper gym and discussions about the duration and protocol regarding wives accompanying players on tours,” the official added.
The report said the CoA was unsure about the request to allow the team to travel by train since it would present security concerns. The request was made after the CoA had earlier ruled that wives of players will not be allowed to travel on the team’s bus, the report said.
As for allowing wives to travel for the whole duration of a tour, the source said, “It was felt that some players might view this as a distraction during tours. They (CoA) want to make sure that everyone is on board before they give the green light.”
S Sreesanth was part of India’s both ICC T20 2007 and 2011 World Cup squads.
Banned fast bowler S Sreesanth has often spoken about his admiration for the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. The pacer mentioned an interesting anecdote in an episode of the reality show Big Boss on Monday that involved Tendulkar and Sreesanth went on to add that the maestro’s gesture brought tears to his eyes.
“I want to share one incident related to Sachin Tendulkar. 1-2 years after our 2011 World Cup triumph, an interview was going on. The interviewer asked about everyone. 2011 you guys played well taking all players’ names but not mine.
When the interview was about to end, Sachin Tendulkar prompted my name saying Sreesanth also played a major role. I cried a lot during that time,” he told his fellow participant Anup Jalota.
The 35-year-old player is currently serving a life ban on cricket imposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Delhi Police had arrested Sreesanth and other two cricketers Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan on charges of spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League in 2013.
A single-judge bench of the Kerala High Court had on August 7 last year lifted the life ban imposed on Sreesanth by the BCCI and set aside all proceedings against him initiated by the board.
A division bench of the high court had later restored the ban on a petition filed by the BCCI against the single-judge bench’s order.
One wrong turn at Nottingham, and the Indian cricket team could bump into panic. Not administered by them, but it might be taken out of their hands by the selectors who could press for young stars from the India A squad. The Test series is at one such vital tipping point: this team has been selected for the first three Tests and if you go down 0-3 in a five-match series, suddenly it might seem the world is against you.
It’s clear what the team needs: A solid opening partnership, a good middle- order batsman to stand with Virat Kohli. And they need to make better use of the best all-rounder in the team, R Ashwin. It will come to whether the batsmen can put up something around 275 to 300 to give their bowlers a fighting chance. The situation India find themselves demands a display of character that accomplished athletes often talk about. Ravi Shastri is a passionate proponent of it but how will this Indian team look at it? The think tank is confident that a good result can stir a revival and that the rest of the team is on the same page as them – the reality of their assessment of other players will decide the course of things.
Have they been able to derive confidence from the close-run affair at Edgbaston, shrug away the debacle at Lord’s and re-focus all over again? Sometimes, it’s not blustery confidence but an ability to forget that does the trick. It’s not as if the England batting, especially their top order, has been any good. Even at Lord’s, on a rare sunny day, they had lost the first four for not much. The lower order has been pretty good but without runs on the board, the Indian bowlers too have ended up losing some sting as the innings dragged on. It’s difficult when that the lead is already 150 to retain the ruthlessness and discipline to finish things off. The onus is on the batsmen to rally around their bowlers. The players need to wrest control in the middle to prevent thing spiralling out of control. The good thing is that this team still has it in them to do it. It hasn’t reached the horror levels of certain overseas tours of the past. Cricket is still at the forefront, which can never be a bad thing.
Ramesh Powar will continue to coach the women’s team as the former Indian off-spinner has been given an extension as the coach till women’s T20 World Cup.
BCCI issued a press release to confirm Powar’s appointment till the Women’s T20 World Cup which is scheduled to be held in West Indies in November.
“The BCCI has appointed Mr. Ramesh Powar as Head Coach of the Indian Women’s Team. Mr. Powar has now been handed over full time duties till 30th November, 2018.
His term will include the tour to Sri Lanka in September, a bilateral series in West Indies in October followed by the ICC Women’s World T20 in West Indies in November.,” the press release said.
The upcoming tour of Sri Lanka will be the first assignment for Ramesh Powar as the coach. The T20 World Cup, meanwhile, will be played in West Indies from November 9. India are scheduled to face New Zealand, Pakistan, Australia and one of the qualifying teams in the league stage.Powar, the newly appointed coach, was one of the strongest candidates to be appointed as the head coach of Mumbai Ranji trophy team.
Had he been appointed in that role, he wouldn’t be appointed as the coach of the women’s team.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli was honoured with the prestigious Polly Umrigar Trophy at the BCCI Annual Awards function in Bengaluru on Tuesday. To make the award more special for him, wife and actor Anushka Sharma was right by his side to cheer for him.
Anushka cheers to her best as Virat took to the stage to receive his award. He even mentioned her in his speech, saying “My wife is here today so makes it more special. The awards didn’t happen last year but I am glad they didn’t because she is here now.”
Virat and Anushka looked stunning at the event in their matching outfits. He wore a dapper navy suit and she looked fabulous in a navy long dress with a ruffled collar and long sleeves. Check out more pictures from the event:
Virat received the award for his stupendous performance during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation for a neck injury sustained during the IPL, which ruled him out of his much debated County assignment for Surrey.
Anushka is currently shooting for Sui Dhaaga with Varun Dhawan and for Zero with Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif.
Virat Kohli and co are unwilling to play day-night Test against the Windies in October as the Indian players don’t want to risk it without practice.
The CoA has also asked BCCI to stage day-night Tests in metro cities for easy crowd access instead of seeing Hyderabad and Rajkot as possible venues.
Contrary to the stand taken by the BCCI old guard including acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary to host a day-night Test to boost fan’s interest, it appears the team management has its reservations since the players haven’t tested the Kookaburra pink ball. This was also Rai’s primary concern when he had proposed that the cricketers should be consulted before the day-night Test is given a go-ahead.
“Initially, even Kohli wasn’t sure about the long-term impact of playing day-night Test without having a proper trial of it. But now, both Kohli and Shastri are in agreement that India should not rush into day-night Test just as yet,” said a source, reported TOI, while adding that India would eventually play it but only after the team is convinced.
While the body clock of the players and their unpreparedness has been a concern, other concerns for a day-night test include how spectators would return home late at night and the huge security. Rai, in his mail to BCCI, has pointed out that Hyderabad and Rajkot aren’t favourable venues for day-night Tests and the board should instead be looking to host them in big cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Delhi, where the stadiums are the heart of the city. Not only would it assure perfect public transport but also security.
CoA has also expressed its unhappiness with BCCI’s practice of the officials calling the shots without consulting the players. Though Kohli has also been accused of having bigger say on BCCI’s Future Tour Programme, CoA has shot it down arguing cricket is for cricketers.
The mystery girl Alishba has now come out in the open, clarifying her relationship with Mohammed Shami and their alleged meeting in Dubai, saying the Indian cricket team fast bowler is just a ‘good friend’.
After days of speculations, Alishba, a Pakistani citizen, has now admitted to have met Mohammed Shami in Dubai when he was returning from South Africa. Alishba also claimed that she has been in touch with Shami ever since India’s defeat to Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy final.
One of the many allegations Hasin Jahan has made against her husband Shami was the involvement of the India cricketer in match-fixing. Hasin alleged that Shami met a woman in Dubai who was supposed to give him money sent by another person from Britain.
“Alishba is a Pakistani citizen and Shami claimed that she gave him money. I have never been told by Shami for what purpose that money was given. I don’t know but if he can fraud me he can fraud the country too,” Hasin told
On the other hand Alishba said about the speedster that, “I respect him a lot as a person and we just became good friends…I came to know that he (Shami) was flying back home from South Africa via Dubai co-incidentally I was also travelling there going to my sisters’ place,” Alishba continued.
“I am one of his followers, which is how I became Shami’s friend. Just like he has lakhs of followers, I am one among those normal fans.
I have sent him messages…” Alishba said.
“I visited the hotel next morning at around 9 a.m. and had a breakfast with him [Shami],” she said.
“I personally don’t know Mohammed Bhai and have nothing to do with him and there was no involvement of money transaction between us. The person who does not even lie to anyone, how he can be disloyal to his country,” Alishba said about Shami.
Following the controversy, the BCCI decided to keep on hold Shami’s annual player contract.