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Board decides to play down England rout

The BCCI has faced heavy criticism for India's debacle in England, for poor scheduling to fitness management. However, the new Board president brushed aside all criticism and ruled out any review of the series, where the team failed to win a single game that mattered.

cricket Updated: Sep 20, 2011 01:39 IST
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The BCCI has faced heavy criticism for India's debacle in England, for poor scheduling to fitness management. However, the new Board president brushed aside all criticism and ruled out any review of the series, where the team failed to win a single game that mattered.

"We did not have our best team from the beginning and a lot of players were injured. But we have faith in the team. There is no reason why we can't get back there. We have not formed any committee," N Srinivasan told reporters on Monday.

"Our cricketers have achieved whatever there was to. Two months ago they were heroes after the World Cup and were No. 1 in Tests. They had one bad series; they need our support."http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/200911/20-9-11-metro22.jpg

India were thumped 4-0 in the Test series and though they fared marginally better in the limited overs series, they lost the lone T20 game and then the ODI series 3-0. Their best was a tied ODI.

Srinivasan dismissed criticism that too much cricket had led to the spate of injuries. "BCCI does not support that view because except a few not all play all the three formats. And those who did were not the ones who were injured."

Although the IPL was under scanner for player injuries, especially Virender Sehwag, the new BCCI chief also dismissed that criticism. "The BCCI is focused on domestic cricket and also on the performance of the India team in all three formats. IPL is an important property but the entire focus is not on that."

Although had been speculation that a permanent India team manager could be named, but Srinivasan said the current practice of naming a new manager every series would continue.