Calcutta: It’s not official, but The Telegraph learns that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is “unhappy” that the Mahendra Singh Dhonis will have to play two matches in Perth during the group stage of the 2015 World Cup.
Perth remains pacy and bouncy and isn’t favoured by most teams, particularly from the subcontinent.
India’s first match in Perth is on February 28, against a qualifier. The second, on March 6, would feature the West Indies.
At the four other venues, India play just once.
According to a well-placed source, the BCCI is set to “raise the issue” during the chief executives’ conclave in Dubai, on Monday-Tuesday, called by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Apparently, the BCCI’s point is that it “wasn’t consulted” before the fixtures were released on July 30 in Melbourne and in Wellington.
Till late on Saturday, however, this bit couldn’t be confirmed with the ICC.
One also understands that the four Test-playing nations from Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh) will “firmly” oppose the DRS, in Dubai.
India has been objecting to it for years and the repeated goof-ups during the recent Ashes have only embarrassed the ICC.
Again, it’s not official, but Asia’s Big Four have “strong reservations” over the using of new balls at both ends in ODIs.
Bet on the BCCI to dictate how it would be taken forward.