After Indian captain Virat Kohli questioned the scheduling of India’s international calendar ahead of the T20I series against New Zealand, former IPL commissioner Rajeev Shukla has come out in support of him.
Five days after India beat Australia in an ODI series at home, they travelled to New Zealand for a long tour starting on January 24 and this did not go well with the Indian skipper.
Before the first T20I against the Kiwis, Kohli said: “It’s getting closer and closer to landing at the stadium straight. That’s how compressed the gap has become. This kind of travelling to a place that is seven and a half hours ahead of IST is difficult to adjust immediately.”
Rajeev Shukla agreed with Kohli and said he too believes the schedule is crammed and that the calendar is too hectic.
I agree with @imVkohli that calendar is too hectic There should not be back to back matches and series as well Players must get some rest and also enough time to get acclimatised . COA should have kept this in mind before finalising the schedule @BCCI
— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) January 24, 2020
“Hopefully, this will be taken into consideration in the future. But this is the year of the World Cup and every T20 is important. So we can’t lose our focus,” he said in a tweet suggesting consideration of player’s workload and fatigue is important.