Indian cricket, at the moment, is riding a wave of uneasiness. The dust of the 1-4 Test series loss in England has not yet settled, yet the cramped scheduling has forced authorities to work overtime to send 75% of the squad to UAE ahead of the Asia Cup starting on Saturday. The rest of the team – enjoying a short three-day break following the gruelling three-month long England tour – and the coaching staff are due to arrive only on Sunday. India’s campaign begins against Hong Kong on Tuesday.
THAT’S SHOW INDIAN CRICKET HAS BEEN OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. HURTLING FROM ONE SERIES TO ANOTHER, THE TEAM MANAGEMENT IS TORN BETWEEN GIVING PLAYERS GOOD, SUFFICIENT PREPARATION TIME AND PRESERVING THEM FOR BIGGER EVENTS. RIGHT NOW, THERE ARE 10 SELECTED PLAYERS, SIX NETS BOWLERS FROM THE FIRST-CLASS ARENA AND PHYSIO PATRICK FARHART DOING THEIR BIT IN DUBAI
“We have sent six bowlers to bowl in the nets so that the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar don’t overstrain, having come back from an injury.