Monday 18 August 2014 

Comment - Now Is The Time To Restructure Indian Cricket

Is it now time for the BCCI to make major changes to Indian cricket, as the author argues?
Is it now time for the BCCI to make major changes to Indian cricket, as the author argues?
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Team India has lost another Test series overseas. They looked terrible in all departments of the game throughout the series.

Dropped catches, missed run outs, batting without any application and inconsistent bowling. No doubt that the captaincy was horrible and MS Dhoni needs to go but there are some serious problems as well which need to be addressed quickly.

First and foremost, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) needs to show more interest in Test cricket. They need to realise that a team can be called the best if they are good at Test level. The BCCI is the richest board but are they spending money to improve Indian cricket? BCCI needs to prepare green pitches and play as many Ranji Trophy matches as possible on those tracks.

The Indian selectors need to put in place strong criteria to get into the Indian Test team. If players are selected on the basis of IPL then it is foolish. Ranji Trophy performances should be the only basis for selecting a player.

The IPL is a money-making machine and it can never produce good Test players. Performing for five overs is easy but to do well for five days is extremely tough.

Nowadays Indian batsmen feel that they are the best by just scoring some quick runs in IPL but that’s not the case. The IPL has affected the technique of our batsmen. They want to play more shots even if the ball can easily be left alone.

Our bowlers have forgotten that lengths which are bowled in T20 cricket can’t be bowled at Test level. The players cannot be fully blamed because it’s the BCCI who are, in my view, using them for their own interest.

Is the BCCI ready to see India lose and continue with IPL because money matters more than pride of the country?

The IPL is a money-making machine and it can never produce good Test players.

Performing for five overs is easy but to do well for five days is extremely tough.

Players also need to know that playing well for their country engenders respect whereas the IPL can only make them millionaires.

Former Indian cricketers should be coaching our team. An Indian coach can read the mindset of our players and we should use the talent of our former cricketers.

No matter how much one says that modern cricket has changed and players are also changing but one thing is for sure that to excel in Test cricket old formulae still work. Every team faces problems in foreign conditions but some teams have learnt how to fight it out.

In India’s case they look completely clueless. The players who are in the playing XI right now had seen great heights when they started their career but are now seeing a new low. Cricket is a great leveller and the current bunch of players need to learn from legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. They never allowed a bad phase to stay in their game for long and always fought back.

Team India is repeating the same mistakes in every foreign country they tour. Now for sure things have gone beyond control.

If required steps are not taken we could soon be seeing our decline in other limited over formats as well. In cricket, at any time, a u-turn can take place. A good team can start looking very bad.

Now the BCCI has to look for quick solutions. If they don’t then Indian cricket fans could well see more disappointing results like this in the future.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs