BCCI awaits team management’s report, rules out player fatigue


New Delhi : Stung by the team’s exit from the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, the Indian cricket board is waiting for the team management’s report before taking some corrective actions.

Support TwoCircles

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) spokesman Rajiv Shukla said Wednesday the team failed to perform as per expectations, but also refused to blame player fatigue for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Co.’s inability to make the semi-finals.

“The board is waiting the team management’s report before we can take some corrective actions to make sure that we perform well in the future,” Shukla told IANS.

“The team did not perform as per the board’s expectation. The overall performance was not that impressive,” Shukla said.

Dismissing suggestions that Indian Premier League (IPL) and fatigue was the main reason, Shukla said: “The international calendar is always very hectic. There are back-to-back matches, back-to-back tournaments. Now also two-three tournaments are lined up. So, we really cannot say that (fatigue is the main reason).”

“Apart from that we have enlarged our players’ bank. So when any player feels fatigue, BCCI has already told them to take leave and take the selectors into confidence. Then there will be the replacements. I don’t think that’s a vital reason,” he added.

On Dhoni’s observations that the players are not focussing on game due to IPL party nights, Shukla said: “It was a good point raised by Dhoni and the BCCI president has also said that from next season all such parties will be stopped. Players will have to learn how to take care of their body.”