Bangalore, Jan 3: Following the Indian cricket team's dismal performance in the last couple of months, looks like Team India needs a total makeover before it is too late.
After series defeats to England and Australia in 2011, India also lost a Test series against England at home in Nov-Dec 2012.
Especially with Duncan Fletcher failing to lead Team India to victories, BCCI might be looking forward to sign a new coach after March 2013, as the Zimbabwean's contract expires in a couple of months.
Moreover, the team's attitude has been a problem these days with cricketers unable to take failure as a stepping stone for success, as they continuously failing to prove their critics wrong.
With many questions being raised, here are five suggestions that BCCI could implent in order to ensure that Team India has a bright future, keeping in mind the next World Cup.
1. IPL should be scrapped
Team India and other international cricketers have shown more interest towards IPL, could be due to its lucrative nature. Team India is not benefited by hosting IPL, as the hosts' weaknesses and strengths are getting exposed simultaneously with the growth of the cash-rich league. This is also making the host team weaker during home series as the cricketers who have played in the sub-continent would tackle the bowlers with ease making things easier for the touring side.
2. Reduced salary cap and limited endorsements
The main reason for cricketers' change in attitude is due to the salary cap, as they are paid heavily irrespective of their performance. BCCI being the richest board in the world would not mind paying a heavy salary but this has to be revised in order to bring in a change in the team's performance.
Endorsements have been a major source of income for Team India as the money flow is huge. Keeping a track of such endorsements would also mean the cricketers would focus on the game than on such activities when they aren't on national duty.
3. International cricketers should play first class cricket when they are not on national duty
Earlier we have seen many international cricketers taking up first class cricket seriously when they are not on national duty, but the situation has worsened in the recent past.
Rather than attending functions, events and shooting for ads, these cricketers can spend their valuable time playing first class cricket which would help them stay in touch with the longer version of the game as well.
The present generation focuses more on IPL rather than first class cricket and want to play for Team India immediately after being successful in IPL.
4. Introduction of sporting pitches for national and international matches
Another important suggestion would be the introduction of sporting pitches, as India has been humiliated time and again overseas as they have continued to fail on bouncy and pacy tracks. Introducing the same for domestic matches would see the youngsters getting equipped to those kind of pitches.
5. Reduce the number of cricket matches to avoid burnout
Indian cricketers are more or less playing every day. Looks like the number of series Team India plays every year is causing more worries, as their performance is the outcome of fatigue. Was there a need to squeeze in another series against Pakistan while India had just played Test series against England? Such bilateral ties can be scheduled later in the year, giving the team some breathing space between two series.