Young players not saddened by CT disaster
India's Champions Trophy debacle has not hurt the younger cricketers of the side much as they are losing focus due to the lure of easy money in cash-awash Twenty20 leagues, BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty has said.cricket Updated: Oct 14, 2009 01:00 IST
India's Champions Trophy debacle has not hurt the younger cricketers of the side much as they are losing focus due to the lure of easy money in cash-awash Twenty20 leagues, BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty has said.
"One of the senior players called up after the Champions Trophy (where Indian were knocked out in preliminary stage in South Africa) and said other players (youngsters) did not feel it (the loss as much as him). He said there was no feeling whether we win or not. There is no sadness (after losing)," said Shetty at a talk show here.
India lost their opening group match against archrivals Pakistan before their second match against Australia got washed out due to rains.
They won the inconsequential last league match against the West Indies and made their exit.
Shetty, who did not reveal the name of the senior cricketer, indicated this trend was not good and needs to be looked into by the apex body for the sport in the country.
"These are the things we (BCCI) need to look at," he said at the Legends Club meeting to celebrate the anniversary of former Test opener and ex-chief selector, the late Vijay Merchant, at the Cricket Club of India last evening.
Shetty conceded that the amount of money the younger lot of cricketers is able to make these days through events like the Indian Premier League has made them lose focus from the game. "You can see the change. This is worrisome," he said.