The Aussies are Coming
Err…sorry, they’re already here, a full week before the official beginning of the tour! And they’ve been having a great time thanks to the Rajasthan Cricket Association.
The first time I saw this piece of news was a couple of days back when ‘the home of Indian cricket on TV’ Neo Cricket ran a programme where two callers from different parts of the country debated the positives and negatives of allowing the Aussies to come here early. “The Indian team got only one practice game when they went to Australia last year, why do we give them more than that?” was the logic employed by the anchor of the show. He, however, had no opinion on just how and on what grounds one could stop them from coming to India early.
The news channels too are having a field day questioning the role of RCA chief Lalit Modi. At this rate, it won’t be long before he’s declared a traitor. The BCCI, true to its reputation, has decided to chide Modi at the next meeting of the board. Well, what can be expected from our guardians of Cricket anyway? When India toured Australia this year, our players hardly got a week’s time to get settled and played the first test after just one tour match. So, instead of talking about its inability to get the players more time to acclimatised, the BCCI will take the convenient path of blaming the RCA for providing such royal hospitality to the Aussies.
The sheer stupidity of the thought that a touring team could unfairly benefit by starting a little early shows the perennially pessimistic approach it employs. Yes, they will get time to get used to the weather, but what makes you underestimate the ability of Indians in their own backyard? Whether it knows it or not, BCCI has given us enough reason to believe that we are going to lose the series. And if we do lose, we know whom to blame.
Related reads: To refresh your memories of what happened when India last toured Australia, check out my posts on this page.