24 October, 2020

"It's Important We Play Against Pakistan. It's Our Ashes."

Ever since Mark Waugh and Shane Warne admitted making money off the pitch, match-fixing has come back to haunt the game. Aniruddha Bahal cornered BCCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur in Christchurch, who, for once, didn't attempt to hedge questions on

"It's Important We Play Against Pakistan. It's Our Ashes."
Why are we playing so much cricket with the World Cup around?
We are playing a little in excess perhaps. But, Pakistanis are coming to India after 12 years. It is important we play them because it has the same value for us as the Ashes have for Australia and England. If you miss the slot now, the next might come after 10 years. The Asian Test championships are also important. If you have to run the game in India, specially with Ranji having gone to super league, you need money. All the expenses are on the bcci. You have to generate funds. We need $2 million plus just to keep the momentum going. If you don't play cricket and it's not seen on TV, then you have to dip into your reserves and that's not healthy. So there's very little option but to play. Even the Australians have played as much as us. I know our boys are tired... but you feel fatigued mostly when you are not winning. No winning team has complained about being tired.



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