New Delhi: The Virat Kohli-led Team India are scheduled to play record number of games this home season.
Head coach Ravi Shastri has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to be more considerate when it comes to scheduling international matches in order to provide adequate breaks to players and support staff.
According to a report in the Indian Express, in a video conference on Friday with the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) and board chief executive officer Rahul Johri, Shastri requested for a break.
The Men in Blue have just returned home from a long tour of Sri Lanka where they whitewashed the neighbours in a full series.
India are scheduled to host Australia for five ODIs and three T20Is, starting September 17.
"Such tight scheduling gives the players little time to recuperate."
Sources in the BCCI have confirmed that Shastri and players want the board to plan better when it comes to their scheduling.
"The international calendar is so tight these days and it's not only the matches that take a toll on players' body, but the long flights and travelling. Shastri has requested us to look into it, as he believes it would help players to recover faster. England and Australia give enough gaps between series and the BCCI too should have a plan where players can get a decent break and recover better. Otherwise, everyone is happy with the way how BCCI is taking care of its players," a source in the BCCI informed.
The Indian team is staring at three back-to-back home series this winter. Australia will play a one month-long series from September 17 to October 13. And just four days later, New Zealand will arrive for a series starting October 17 and ending on November 7. Barely a week later, Sri Lanka will land for a series slated from November 15 to December 24. As soon as India wrap up with the Lanka series, they will rush to South Africa on December 28 where they will play three T20s, three ODIs followed by four Tests matches.
It's not only Shastri who has expressed his displeasure with the scheduling, India team manager Kapil Malhotra, in his report submitted to BCCI post Champions Trophy, had suggested to provide enough time and rest day to the Indian squad, especially after long flights.
"If you see the scheduling, the day we got into London in the morning, within a few hours the Captain had to attend the arrival press conference, then (the) captains’ photo shoot, then the entire squad had to attend an anti-doping educational briefing along with an ACU educational briefing," Malhotra had written in his report.
When the England team travelled to India in 2016, their board had ensured the players got a 'Chirstmas break' between the series. On the other hand, the Indian team will be in the middle of the series against New Zealand this Diwali.