The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has slammed the 2018 Asia Cup fixtures and wants the match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan be rescheduled.
Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team would play their opening match against a qualifier and the next day they will take on arch-rival Pakistan, a decision that BCCI has described as “mindless,” as per a report published in CricketNext.
“There appears to be zero application of mind. How can you accept a scenario where India plays a game today and tomorrow it will face its arch-rival Pakistan who will have a two-day period of rest?, a BCCI source told CricketNext, adding, “This is unacceptable and has to be revisited. Maybe for the organisers it is just a money-spinning game but for us it is important that there be equity in scheduling.”
Earlier, veteran Indian opener Virender Sehwag has urged Team India to boycott Asia Cup 2018.
“I am really shocked to see the scheduling because which country plays back-to-back cricket matches these days? There was a gap of two days in between the T20 matches in England and here you are playing ODIs under hot Dubai weather and that too without a break. So, I don’t think this is a correct scheduling,” Sehwag was quoted saying to India TV.
“Why there’s such hue and cry over playing the Asia Cup? Don’t play the Asia Cup. Prepare the team for the home series or the away series. It’s really difficult to play back-to-back games,” a furious Sehwag added.