A day after Team India head coach Ravi Shastri urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to be more considerate while scheduling international matches so as to give some rest to players and support staff, former India captain Kapil Dev has advised the board to buy an aircraft of its own in order to save more time for players. “Now that BCCI is making good money, it should have its own plane. It will save a lot of time and make life easier for Team India. The board can afford it. They should have done it five years ago,” Kapil Dev was quoted as saying by Times of India.
Last Friday, Shastri forwarded his request to the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) and board chief executive officer Rahul Johri, Indian Express said. Team India had just returned from Sri Lanka, where they whitewashed the hosts in both Test and ODI series and also won the one off T20I. However, the schedule is so tight that from the very next week, Team India will host Australia for five ODIs and three T20s.
“The international calendar is so tight these days and it’s not only the matches that take a toll on players’ body, but the long flights and travelling. Shastri has requested us to look into it, as he believes it would help players to recover faster. England and Australia give enough gaps between series and the BCCI too should have a plan where players can get a decent break and recover better. Otherwise, everyone is happy with the way how BCCI is taking care of its players,” Indian Express quoted a BCCI source as saying.
Team India will play three back to back home series this winter. Australia will play a series starting from September 17 to October 13. Following this, series against New Zealand will be played between October 17 and November 7. After the series against New Zealand is over, India will host Sri Lanka in a series between November 15 to December 24. Team India will then visit South Africa on December 28 to play three T20s, three ODIs and four Tests matches, the paper added.