Sandeep Patil slams BCCI for not testing bench strength

Sandeep Patil said India have a terrific bench strength but unfortunately, players are sitting out Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Sep 26, 2011

Former India batsman and National Cricket Academy director (NCA) Sandeep Patil, slammed the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) for India s disastrous tour of England and said the cricket board did not use the bench strength properly

“We have a terrific bench strength. Unfortunately, players are sitting on the bench. You know, the bench is not tested,” said Patil.

“It’s not our job, it’s not our responsibility,” he said when asked why the bench strength is not being tried out efficiently. “Our responsibility at the NCA is to help, have camps, support them, look after the injury management. The selection part is done by the selectors and the BCCI. We don’t interfere in that department.”

“When India won the World Cup (its second in the one-dayers recently), nobody even thought of the NCA,” said the 55-year-old who was a tower of strength in the middle-order for many years.

“Now, once, when India has done badly, everybody is pointing fingers at it. As the Director, I am very happy with the way the NCA is functioning. We are in touch with the BCCI on a day-to-day basis. We are in touch with all our 35 academies which come under the NCA.

“We have a big pool of players unfortunately, only 11 represent the country, there are another 30 lined up. When they are given a chance, when they are given their due, it’s for the selectors to decide.”