Mumbai: Indian team manager for the Twenty20 World Cup tour, Ranjib Biswal, submitted his report to the BCCI on Saturday for the team’s unceremonious exit from the tournament in the West Indies.
Though speculations were made that Biswal would probably give a clean chit to the players, the manager said that he did make some recommendations in his report and it was up to the BCCI to further look into the matter.
The inaugural champions India were knocked out of the showpiece event after failing to win even a single Super Eights stage match.
“I have submitted the report to the BCCI about the T20 World Cup in the West Indies. The BCCI is looking at the report and they will get back to you,” Biswal told reporters after spending close to one and a half hour and the BCCI headquarters on Saturday.
“There are certain issues which I have recommended to the BCCI and I hope the Board knows how to react to that and I hope, the Board reacts to that,” he added.
A source said the issues which Biswal is referring to are fitness, discipline and susceptibility to short-pitched bowling, which was throughly exposed on the bouncy Caribbean tracks.
“Biswal’s report deals with all the issues that happened in the West Indies. The report has suggestions about the need to play more on bouncy wickets, issues relating to discipline and fitness of the players are also there,” the source said.
Biswal once again denied media reports of Indian players being involved in a bar brawl in the West Indies after crashing out of the World Cup.
“That incident never took place. It was just a verbal talk and there is nothing substantial to that. There was an argument because the boys, who went there (to the pub) for dinner, were harassed by some Indian fans. There is nothing much about it,” he said.
Sources said coach Gary Kirsten, who is reportedly unhappy with the players’ fitness and commitment, will also submit a separate report to the BCCI.