Why is the Indian Cricket Team’s Tour of Australia under intense debate? The recent decision by the BCCI to block any attempt to play the Adelaide Day-Night Test between Australia and India has not gone too well with the Australian Cricket Board (ACB). Why is the Indian Cricket team and BCCI unconvinced about the day-night test cricket which was to be played in Adelaide?
Over the years, India cricket board – the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), has been very apprehensive of changes and modifications to Cricket. Even though the Indian Cricket Team is dynamic and ranked as the top-most teams in the world, but history suggests that the BCCI bosses have not been dynamic at all.
In the 1980s, India Cricket Team including their Cricket Board was extremely reluctant towards the newly launched one-day cricket. The BCCI chairman of selectors maintained the format was “inappropriate” and “unnatural”, but things started to change when the Indian Cricket Team lifted the 1983 World Cup. Indian cricket board started to accept the ODI cricket format, nearly after a decade, when the first ODI was played on 5 January 1971 between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
After warming up to One day cricket after more than a decade, India showed the same reluctance to the T-20 Cricket format. “The real resistance to Twenty20 came from the BCCI president at that time, Sharad Pawar. The BCCI contended that Twenty20 “dilutes the value of international cricket,” and thus staunchly opposed to the new format, just like the one day cricket.
Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, who argued, “Always back self-interest because you know it’s a goer.”