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Victory over England proves there is nothing like “too much cricket”, claims BCCI

21, Oct 2011 By Pagal Patrakar

Mumbai. Citing India’s unassailable 3-0 lead over visiting English cricket team in the ongoing ODI series, BCCI has claimed that cricketers were now getting used to too much of cricket and critics should stop complaining about the jam-packed calendars. Many critics and Indian cricket fans had earlier blamed too much of cricket, especially T20 cricket, for horrible performance of Indian team when they toured England a couple of months back.

“They were not rested, instead they played in the Champions League T20 tournament and some domestic matches,” BCCI President N. Srinivasan pointed out the schedule of Indian cricketers that has seen non-stop cricket since ICC World Cup, “And look what happened after that; Indians are playing splendidly now, winning all the three matches against England quite convincingly.”

“All this talk of too much cricket doing harm to the team is bullshit,” he added.

Ravindra Jadeja and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, during the third ODI against England at Mohali, 20 Oct 2011. Cricinfo image.
Ravindra Jadeja, apparently congratulating Dhoni after India won the third consecutive ODI against England. However some sources suggest that Jadeja was asking Dhoni if he could be taken into Chennai Super Kings after Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Jadeja’s IPL team, was scrapped by the BCCI.

Initially the BCCI President refused to admit that there was anything like “too much cricket”, citing the fact that many BCCI officials never felt tired of it.

“Rajeev Shukla is a Congress MP fighting Anna Hazare and now he’s also the IPL chairman, who will fight Lalit Modi. He will also continue to be our spokesman; he never complained about too much work!” Srinivasan argued, “And of course we have Sharad Pawar ji, who is willing to think cricket day in and day out, even as he has to discharge duties as Union Minister.”

When Faking News pointed out injuries among Indian cricketers, widely believed to be a result of “too much cricket”, Srinivasan first ascribed them to “bad weather conditions” in England but later settled for players’ inability to adapt themselves to the new calendar.

“Ok fine; maybe earlier they were a bit uneasy about it, but now they don’t have any problem,” BCCI President concluded on behalf of the players, “Indian cricketers are doing just fine and so is Indian cricket. And we must thank Twenty20 matches for bringing about this change. Champions League T20 trophy was the turning point.”

Sources suggest that to celebrate the Indian victory over England, BCCI is planning to organize some special T20 matches on “available dates” before West Indies tours India in November and India leaves for Australia in December.

“I’m sure Dhoni would be available to play in these matches and improve India’s chances of victory against West Indies and Australia,” N. Srinivasan, who also owns the IPL team Chennai Super Kings, captained by MS Dhoni, hoped.

Pagal Patrakar