Afghanistan are gearing up to take on India in their inaugurate Test starting June 14 at Bangalore. India will be playing a second string side, with Virat Kohli opting out to play County cricket. For BCCI selector and India player, Dilip Vengsarkar has thrown his rabbit into the hat, saying that the Test has been wrongly scheduled.
According to cricbuzz, he said: “I feel the Afghanistan Test is wrongly scheduled. They (BCCI) should’ve concentrated more on the England tour. (I know that) the India ‘A’ team is going (to England). Of course, there is an FTP, there is a Test programme, and you have to adhere to it. But then, this is a Test match. You can’t take it lightly. This is Afghanistan’s first match, and they must be very keen to establish themselves at the international level.”
Vengsarkar speaking on the sidelines of an event organised by School Games Federation of India (SGFI), backed Kohli about his decision to play for Surrey.He said: . “It’s a good decision. He will get time to acclimatise to the conditions. The last tour wasn’t very good for him. So it (the county stint) is very critical for him. So he’s very keen to be there early, which is a good thing.”
India are due to play England in a grueling 5-Test series starting July. Vengsarkar weighed upon India’s chances as well. He said: “I expect a lot from the Indian team on the tour of England… simply because we’ve got fast bowlers now, and a lot of options in fast bowlers, which wasn’t the case before. It’s a good thing for Indian cricket. We’ve a balanced team. Since our pacers are very good at the international level, we should be able to win.”
He also said that Cheteshwar Pujara should have continued to play county cricket. He said: ”If I was a selector, I would’ve asked (Cheteshwar) Pujara also to stay back and play county cricket because these are the guys who’re going to play in England. Playing in India against Afghanistan, for the time, makes no sense. Pujara’s coming back from England to play Afghanistan defies logic because he was playing in county cricket, where, at the moment, he isn’t very consistent. So, he would’ve got more chances to play in England, scored runs and got into the groove.”
Editorial team of CricketCountry.