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Ranatunga blames BCCI for Ind slump
Thursday 25 August 2011

Former Sri Lanka captain and World Cup-winner Arjuna Ranatunga has blamed the BCCI for India’s lackluster display in the Test series against England.

India surrendered its numero uno status to England after suffering a humiliating 4-0 whitewash.

"They seem to have got carried away with their IPL. It seems like they don't need outside influences to harm Indian cricket, the BCCI is doing it," Ranatunga said.

Ranatunga attributes lack of preparation as the main reason which caused the Indian down fall in England.

"After winning the World Cup all of India's leading cricketers went straight to play in IPL and then some of them opted to miss out the West Indies tour.

"Some of them even delayed surgery after the World Cup not wanting to miss the cash rich IPL, and after arriving in England half-fit broke down half-way through the England tour," Ranatunga told The Island.

The legendary skipper also felt that playing just warm up match before the Tests did not serve well for the Indians.

Ranatunga though praised Rahul Dravid, who was outstanding in the series because "he had been well prepared".

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