Home > Features >

India tour to Bangladesh 2014: Players will bear brunt of administrator’s commitments

MS Dhoni (above) and Virat Kohli might be rested for the tour to Bangladesh © Getty Images
MS Dhoni (above) and Virat Kohli might be rested for the tour to Bangladesh © Getty Images

Was it necessary for India to schedule a three-ODI tour to Bangladesh ahead of the long sojourn of England? Nishad Pai Vaidya says it is about BCCI’s commitments.

When will the administrators learn to eliminate meaningless One-Day International (ODI) tournaments? For the sustenance of the 50-over format, many pushed for the need to regulate inconsequential games. It would not only help sustain ODIs, but would also prevent unnecessary player burnout. Yet, we continue to see needless games popping up at regular intervals. The latest entrant in the list is a three-ODI series between India and Bangladesh, which would be played in June. The series is scheduled two weeks after the completion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and a week before India leaves for the long tour to England. Was this a necessary tour?

This tour has been a part of the FTP for a while. However, the intentions of the two boards to put the wheels in motion only came during the infamous ICC restructure earlier this year — where the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seized control along with the boards from England and Australia. On the sidelines, Bangladesh signed a deal with India that assured them bilateral series with their neighbours. The tour in June would only be an ODI affair and India will play Tests in Bangladesh next year. However, could such scheduling have an adverse impact on the Indian players ahead of the long tour to England?

Remember, in 2011 India arrived in England from the West Indies and were woefully short of match practice in English conditions before the first Test. The consequences were disastrous. This time, India have done well to have two practice games ahead of the first Test, but adding three ODIs in the lead-up would simply be too taxing. You do not want your players to go into a five-match Test series fatigued. India have been on the run since October and the break after the IPL was one to look forward to for most players.

Through all that, it is said that MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli may be given a break. It is understandable as Dhoni is easily the busiest cricketer, who captains, bats and keeps in all three formats. He does deserve the rest from this tour. Kohli too has had a tiresome workload being India’s frontline batsman across formats. He too should be given a breather before the long tour. However, the likes of Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar or even Cheteshwar Pujara may bear the brunt of this scheduling as they are certainties for the Test series in England. The BCCI may be willing to give a breather to India’s captain and vice-captain, but the rest of the squad may have members who may be tired ahead of the England tour.

Keeping that aside, if the BCCI had to honour this commitment, they could have found a better time. The West Indies are scheduled to tour India later this year in October and it is unclear if that tour would take place given the fact that they had come to India last year for Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell. Perhaps, this series could have been placed there. As we know, this hasn’t got much to do with the player burn-outs or the future of ODIs. It is a commitment!

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Bengaluru

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Bengaluru

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

West Indies tour of India 2014, Practice match

Oct 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Mumbai

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 29, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 36 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Hobart Hurricanes won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 27, 2014  at Bengaluru

Chennai Super Kings won by 13 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 27, 2014  at Bengaluru

Lahore Lions won by 16 runs

Photos

Cricket on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Videos

Brian Lara speaks on the art of batting

Live Cricket Score Lahore Lions vs Perth Scorchers CLT20 2014 Match 19: Perth Scorchers win the toss and decide to field

CLT20 2014: Lahore Lions vs Perth Scorchers Match 19 — Key Battles

Consecutive century opening partnerships in ODIs for each team

Have Manish Pandey’s T20 performances eclipsed his impressive First-Class record?

Perth Scorchers vs Lahore Lions, CLT20 2014 Match 19 at Bangalore: Perth Scorchers’ likely XI

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Barbados Tridents Cape Cobras Champions League T20 2014 CLT20 CLT20 2014 Dolphins Incheon Asian Games 2014 India at Asian Games 2014 Kings XI Punjab Perth Scorchers

Lahore Lions vs Perth Scorchers CLT20 2014 Match 19 at Bangalore: Rain plays spoilsport

Mashrafe Mortaza replaces Mushfiqur Rahim as Bangladesh ODI captain

Waqar Younis not impressed on ICC’s timing of suspect bowling action

James Taylor eyeing England Test recall

Lahore Lions vs Perth Scorchers: Live streaming CLT20 2014 Match 19 at Bangalore

Gautam Gambhir becomes second player after MS Dhoni to captain in 100 T20 matches

Lahore Lions vs Perth Scorchers Match 19 CLT20 2014: Lahore likely XI

CLT20 2014: Lahore Lions vs Perth Scorchers Match 19 — Key Battles

Consecutive century opening partnerships in ODIs for each team

Players scoring 50-plus in both innings of a Test match most number of times

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

671 Posts | 6 Fans

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab- Final Match Highlights from IPL 2014

Asian Games 2014: India in men’s hockey final with win over South Korea

सेब करता है मोटापा से संबंधित बीमारियों को दूर

Karbonn Titanium S20 affordable Android KitKat smartphone launched on Amazon India, priced at Rs 4,999

Shah Rukh Khan shows off his abs to prove they are not FAKE but REAL!

Orkut is shutting down today, here’s your last chance to safely export your data

Sushmita Sen and Hrithik Roshan to glam up Myntra Fashion Weekend

Post Yaan, Ravi K Chandran to work on a sex comedy!

Spiritual guru Dalai Lama: I’m not seeking separation from China

Sarfaraz Khan, Arman Jaffer named in Mumbai U-19 squad for Vinoo Mankad Trophy

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here