Mumbai, Jan 25: Despite Team India's emphatic series win in the on-going ODI series against England, BCCI has denied to release Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma to play the Ranji Trophy final at Wankhede Stadium, starting Jan 26. This move from BCCI has not gone well with former Indian cricketers.
Former Indian cricketers Anshuman Gaekwad, Ajit Wadekar while talking to Mid-day, have expressed their displeasure as they found no logic behind BCCI's decision to not release the players.
If not Ravindra Jadeja and Rohit Sharma, BCCI could release Cheteshwar Pujara (awaiting his ODI debut) and Ajinkya Rahane (dropped for the fourth ODI), as they have not been given enough opportunities to play the ODI series.
Talking about BCCI's decision to retain the squad and not release the players for the Ranji Trophy final, Ajit Wadekar said "Anyway the series has been won. So, they can try some other youngsters and release these four players for the Ranji final. The best teams and players should be playing the final. It is after all our premier domestic tournament. The availability of top players will also create some excitement among the public as well."
Anshuman Gaekwad, former India coach told Mid-day that, BCCI having planned the schedule earlier, could have made some arrangements so that the Ranji Trophy final could have been scheduled after the ODI series against England.
"The Indian board could have postponed the Ranji final by two days. I don't see an issue in doing this. It is a Ranji final and not any other match. It is a big occasion in domestic cricket. It would have been a win-win situation for the Board and the players," said Gaekwad, who was associated with the Indian cricket team as a coach from 1997 to 1999.
"The Indian team management might not want to disturb the combination after finding the winning momentum after a long time."