Home > Features >

BCCI needs to overhaul the system to allow Indian players to play the band and bansuri

BCCI needs to overhaul the system to allow Indian players to play the band and bansuri

Given the pool of talent that is left unutilized, wouldn’t it be a bold and smart move to have three different teams for the three formats headed by different skippers, if the need be © PTI

‘Omnishambles’ was chosen as the word of the year 2012 by the Oxford University and as it seems, the Indian cricket team seems to have taken it too seriously and has made a concentrated effort to be in one, writes Aayush Puthran.

Amol Muzumdar, one of the greatest Indian batsmen to have never played for the country, said a few months back in an exclusive interview to CricketCountry that the transition phase of two years would be tough for Indian cricket. This writer recognised ‘tough’ as a situation where India would find it difficult to win matches abroad, but somehow find a way to wobble and crawl to victory at home. After all, England and Australia had to play some excellent quality cricket to beat India the way they did and Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli seemed able replacements for Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. However, the two consecutive thrashings at Wankhede and Eden Gardens just seemed to have given Muzumdar’s use of ‘tough’ more justified weight.

While the two back-to-back defeats, India’s first at home since 1999, was a harsh reality of their current state, the television commercial run by the broadcasting channel has not only made the slap harder but also caused enough embarrassment for the Indian cricket board to wake up to.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) questionable tactics of refusing to play spinners in England’s practice games and providing flat-tracks back-fired and so did the band and the bansuris. To believe that the English played quality cricket, the kind which was on display last summer at England, would be an over-statement. They seemed far more vulnerable this time. Barring Alastair Cook, the controversial Kevin Pietersen, Monty Panesar and, to an, extent Graeme Swann, England were troubled in the series.

At a macro level, there can be enough reasons and explanations for India’s defeat. Dhoni’s captaincy was too defensive, batsmen were playing loose shots, bowlers looked lost, Sachin’s reflexes have slowed down, England had one too many Cook(s) to spoil the broth, Prabir Mukherjee didn’t comply with the BCCI’s orders, etc. But, it isn’t too tough to realise that the defeats this time are a clear indication of a jaded outfit purely going through the motions of a hectic calendar.

While adapting to three different formats is a task tough enough, switching over every month just makes it worse. Given the pool of talent that is left unutilized, wouldn’t it be a bold and smart move to have three different teams for the three formats headed by different skippers, if the need be. Players like Ashok Dinda and Manoj Tiwary are practically cooling their heels across formats for no valid reason, watching their team play with the lost hunger. Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly also recently advocated the need for split captaincy.

The complete overhaul of the system is a must to ensure a long-term solution is in place rather than just sticking with short-term changes. India might still win at Nagpur and at best, follow it up with victories against Pakistan and Australia, which might overshadow everything. In order to stay away from the gloom of temporary joy and find a permanent solution that will ensure India’s success at the top across formats, the BCCI will have to soon wake up to the alarm bells and maybe have a neutral body study the situation and  recommend the required changes, on similar lines with the Don Argus review.

(While enjoying the small joys of life, rarely has anything mesmerised Aayush Puthran more than cricket. A student of Journalism in Mumbai, he is trying to figure out two things: ways to make Test cricket a commercial hot property and the best way to beat Mumbai traffic. He has a certain sense of obsession with novelty. He might seem confused, but he is just battling a thousand demons within his mind. Nonetheless, he is always up for a light-hearted chat over a few cups of coffee!)

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad


West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts


Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test: Australia's practice session


Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Kevin Pietersen saga: Stuart Broad, James Anderson saddened by bullying claims

Live Cricket Score India A vs Sri Lanka, warm-up match at Mumbai: India A maul Sri Lanka by 87 runs

Live Cricket Score Duleep Trophy Central Zone vs South Zone, final at Delhi Day 2: South Zone lead by 32 runs at the end of second day’s play

Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi Day 1: Younis Khan reaches his 100

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane — who should open for India?

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in CAB S K Acharya Memorial Challenger Trophy final

Pankaj Singh hopes for good season with Rajasthan

KL Rahul aims to emulate AB de Villiers’ style of batting

Rohit Sharma gave a fantastic account of himself: Sanjay Bangar

Younis Khan 4th Pakistani to score 3 consecutive 100s

Highest identical scores in both innings of a Test

Younis Khan — perhaps Pakistan’s greatest batsman ever

India A vs Sri Lankans tour match: Players look to make the most of opportunities

Viv Richards: How did he perform against the West Indian quicks?

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane — who should open for India?

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

Apple replaces user’s iPad for free after NASA rocket mishap

Ek Hasina Thi: Is Dev coming close to finding out Durga’s real identity?

सेक्स टिप #16: अलसी का बीज योनि शुष्कता की समस्या से दिलाता है राहत

हैदराबाद : भारत में पहली बार चिकित्सकों ने अजन्मे बच्चे का दिल का ऑपरेशन किया

Saina Nehwal climbs to No 5 position in Badminton rankings

India A vs Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey star in 88-run win

Xiaomi poaches Donovan Sung from Spotify to lead international product development: Report

Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Parineeti Chopra- who rocks the high waist skirt more? Vote!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here