Vinod Rai on Virat Kohli & Co.’s schedule: ‘Can’t kill golden goose for revenue’
Virat Kohli, Indian cricket team captain, had recently criticised the cramped schedule which allowed them little time to prepare for overseas series. BCCI’s Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai has backed Kohli’s viewsUpdated: Nov 28, 2017, 20:17 IST
The chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) for Indian cricket, Vinod Rai, on Sunday, has backed India skipper Virat Kohli over his complaint about the cramped scheduling of the series.
“We can’t be killing the golden goose for the sake of revenue. That is why the players would be given a detailed presentation during the Delhi Test match (beginning on December 2), where their opinion will be taken into consideration by the BCCI. We will discuss the FTP with the team,” Rai said at the Times Lit Festival.
“We are taking a 360 degree view of the situation before deciding on the FTP. The burnout of players is a serious issue. The fact that the Indian team would have only two days of rest before flying out for the South African series and start playing there without warm-up game shows that something isn’t right about the schedule.”
Rai said he empathises with Kohli and that players need to be taken care of. “I totally empathise with Kohli. That is a fact. What we recognise as (Future Tour Programme (FTP) has been drawn up such that all the state associations get chances to conduct matches, which means they get chance to generate revenue.
“And unfortunately it is the players from whom these revenue comes and their interests are not taken care of,” former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India Rai said.
India are currently playing three Test series and will then finish their limited overs matches against Sri Lanka on December 24 (final T20I) before they fly off to South Africa on December 28, with the first Test starting on January 5.
They play a two-day warm-up tie, starting on December 30 at Boland Park, Paarl.
In South Africa, the Kohli-led side will play three Tests, five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).
Indian cricketers have been playing non-stop cricket since the start of the IPL which was followed by the ICC Champions Trophy, away tours of West Indies and Sri Lanka and three successive home series against Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka comprising 23 matches (3 Tests, 11 ODIs and 9 T20 Internationals).
Rai also blamed the national cricket board BCCI for the coach fiasco -- denying Anil Kumble an extension and the subsequent appointment of Ravi Shastri, who was backed by captain Virat Kohli. But Rai praised the move of setting up a three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which includes Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman.
“There is no system in BCCI on how a coach should be appointed but I think the move to set up the CAC is good,” Rai said.
“CAC made the decision of choosing the coach last year. They had selected somebody but unfortunately it was not accepted by BCCI. Then they recommended Anil Kumble for two years but then BCCI said ‘no no’, it is for one year,” he added.
When questioned about the need for reforms in the BCCI, Rai said: “It is not a bad idea to be setting a set of standards. I believe BCCI is very insular body. Any thing happened in BCCI never came out in the public. Now if you are throwing BCCI open to public it is good,” Rai said.