Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Afghanistan Test is wrongly scheduled: Dilip Vengsarkar

Afghanistan Test is wrongly scheduled: Dilip Vengsarkar

A former chairman of the national selection committee and one who fast-tracked Kolhi's global debut, Vengsarkar played 13 Tests in England, scored four centuries (three at Lord's) and as many half centuries. Speaking at length about this, the former India batsman went ahead and stated that the BCCI should have focused a lot more on the upcoming England tour as opposed to a Test match against Afghanistan. He fell to Stuart Broad (twice), Jimmy Anderson (four times), Chris Jordan (twice), Liam Plunkett and Moeen Ali (once each).

While Vengsarkar lamented the match against the Afghans, he also lauded the decisions made by Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara to play county cricket ahead of the tour. "He will get time to acclimatise to the conditions, especially since the last tour wasn't exactly a very good tour for him".

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There is a possibility that BCCI might request European Central Bank to start the Lions game from July 19, which will just allow Virat and may be KL Rahul a chance to get into the Test match mode.

While playing the four-day games are important, the BCCI doesn't want to overlook the fact that too much of first-class cricket before the Test series might take a toll on his body as there are two limited overs series preceding it.

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However, Yorkshire have no game lined up during the Afghanistan Test, scheduled for June 14-18 in Bengaluru. That's what I feel.

The Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team will look to bury the ghosts of its past when they embark on a long and arduous tour of England spanning three months starting July. "Comparing the itinerary with the previous tours, this is a good itinerary because India has got enough games to play before the first Test match". He will get time to acclimatise to the conditions. "In South Africa, the team hardly got a match before the first Test". But that defies logic to me because he is playing in England, playing county cricket, and has not been consistent at the moment (so far). "I'm sure he'll do well", he said. "So, the England tour is nicely scheduled", he said.

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Dilip Vengsarkar believes Virat Kohli will do well on England tour. Regarding India's chances of winning in England, Vengsarkar said: "I expect a lot because we have good fast bowlers with many options to explore". So we expect a lot of things from him. Praising the calibre of the present crop of fast bowlers, he added that unlike before, the presence of options in the pace department is a good step forward for Indian cricket. We have a balanced team. "I don't care who you are playing against, it needs to be number one priority", Clarke said in an interactive session at the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Young Leaders Forum (YLF).

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