There are two reasons I don’t like the BCCI: one, I don’t like that it’s a quasi-public body, making it vulnerable to political patronage and interference. Two, I just don’t know who runs it, why they were chosen, and why they can be so utterly stupid at times.
Take, for example, Gary Kirsten’s pleas that the BCCI give the Indian cricket team a fighting chance in South Africa. Fans know South Africa’s bouncy pitches have traditionally been difficult for Indian batsmen, and that Indian batsmen — always slow starters — need some time to acclimatise.
What does the BCCI do? It insists on scheduling a ridiculously long series against New Zealand (we’re playing three Tests and five ODIs, more than we just played against Australia) which ends only a week before the South Africa series. So, Kirsten and the BCCI then have to hit upon a novel scheme, whereas before, cricket administrators around the world understood that TOUR GAMES MATTER AND ARE IMPORTANT. This is the compromise:
The BCCI has approved the Indian team management’s request to send a group of Test players early to South Africa to get “acclimatised” to the conditions and make up for the absence of practice games before the three-Test series that begins on December 16. It is not yet clear who the concerned players are and how many will be part of the group which is expected to depart immediately after the third Test against New Zealand on November 24. India and New Zealand play a five-match ODI series that concludes on December 10, six days prior to the first Test in Centurion.