Mumbai. BCCI has asked Indian cricketers to use the opportunity of match practice in ICC World Twenty20 tournament to be in top form before the Champions League start next month.
Indian cricketers will wear IPL jerseys once again for the Champions League, and BCCI doesn’t want any shitty performance by the cricketers when they don the corporate colors.
“We are not getting desperate with India losing hopelessly to Australia in their first Super Eight match,” BCCI President N Srinivasan told Faking News, “We have anyway never won a Super Eight match in ICC World T20 cups ever since we introduced IPL.”
“But we can’t afford to perform badly in the Champions League,” he said, handing out a Chennai Super Kings jersey to our reporter, “I am confident that our boys will have enough match practice during the Super Eight matches and one of the IPL teams, preferably led by the Indian captain, will win the tournament.”
“It’s a matter of national pride that an IPL team wins Champions League,” he added.
Sources say that BCCI has sent this “strong message” to the IPL cricketers playing for India in the ongoing T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, and has asked them to watch the Champion League TV ads broadcast during the tournament matches that would solemnly remind them of their identity.
“They have been asked not to watch Indian TV news channels or log into Twitter or Facebook, where sentimental fans and irrational critics could be panning them; instead they have been asked to focus on the ads,” a BCCI source confirmed.
Sources say that players like Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni have been especially asked to pull up their socks and get their form back in the remaining matches.
Unconfirmed sources say that Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene has asked Dhoni to drop Irfan Pathan as an opener and play Virender Sehwag in the next match so that Delhi Daredevils can get their preparations right.