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Team India deserved a break: Kapil

Press Trust Of India
Sep 18, 2011 at 02:46pm IST

New Delhi: Lack of coordination between the players and BCCI was the reason why the team was humiliated on the tour of England, says former captain Kapil Dev insisting that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men should tell the Board that they cannot compete continuously for months.

India were whitewashed 0-4 in the Test series and went down 0-3 in the five-match ODI series against England. The team failed to win a single international match on the torrid tour.

"The BCCI should understand that our players are not so fit, that they can play non-stop throughout the year. Just a few months after the World Cup, so many of our players are injured which is a worrisome factor," Kapil told a television channel.

Team India deserved a break: Kapil

Former India captain Kapil Dev slammed the lack of coordination between the players and BCCI.

"If the Board and the players cannot decide, then there should be some experienced professionals who should finalise the amount of cricket the players need to play in a year," he said.

Kapil said the Indian team deserved a break after the World Cup triumph.

"There was so much pressure and hype during the World Cup. It was such a big triumph but our players never got a chance to unwind," he said.

"They kept on playing cricket which ultimately resulted in their passion also fizzling out. One should understand that cricket is a sport and not a normal office which they have to attend day in and day out," he reasoned.

Kapil also pointed out the weaknesses in the Indian team.

"How can you have just four bowlers bowling 90 overs in English conditions? Things were different earlier when you had Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly chipping in and giving rest to the main bowlers," he said.

"However, now it is not possible. I think that the selectors got carried away after the World Cup win. Team for a tour of Australia, South Africa or England should always be selected keeping in view the conditions there," he added.

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