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'India's loss a huge eye-opener for BCCI'
Tuesday 19 August 2014

Following India's 1-3 drubbing against England in the longer version of the game, former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga has called for the BCCI to do a thorough inspection and act swiftly.

Ranatunga blamed the BCCI for creating the IPL monster and pushing its cricketers towards money. "I blame the BCCI for creating the IPL monster and pushing their cricketers towards money rather than getting them to think about their technique. I can't see any Gavaskars, Vengsarkars, Azharuddins or Tendulkars being produced by India. This (defeat) is a huge eye-opener for India," Ranatunga told Mid-day.

Appalled at Indian batsmen putting up a dismal performance, Ranataunga added that they (batsmen) were more concerned about playing the shorter version, "They are not adept at Test cricket. It was so unfortunate to see a player like Virat Kohli struggle. They must seek advice from some of the great technicians in Indian cricket.

Condemning cricket administration as a whole, Ranatunga also criticized N Srinivasan's election as the ICC chairman, "The Supreme Court of India does not want N Srinivasan to be the president of the BCCI. Yet, ICC agreed to have him as chairman. I don't know where cricket is heading. I am glad at least the Supreme Court had the power to do what they did," he said.

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