Angry BCCI stops County players from training in India

Joe Root, who made an impressive Test debut against India in Nagpur recently, seems to be the cause for the animosity between the English and Indian cricket Boards.

updated: February 05, 2013 14:43 IST
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New Delhi: In a stunning move, that defies sporting spirit, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has shut the door on 30 players from the English Counties of Yorkshire, Durham, Kent, Hampshire, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire who were all set for a training mission in Indian conditions. According to a report in Telegraph in United Kingdom, the BCCI move is a reaction to the 2-1 Test defeat that India suffered at home against Alastair Cook's young English team.

It is not new for developmental sides to tour India and taste the largely spinning conditions, typical of sub-continental pitches. Sachin Bajaj of Pune, the founder of the Global Cricket School, has organised many such trips for English cricketers but this is the first time in seven years, he has fallen on the wrong side of arguably the strongest cricket Board on earth! The Telegraph says the BCCI has instructed that no foreigners must train at GCS without its permission.

Joe Root, the 22-year-old off-spinning all-rounder from Yorkshire, seems be the man responsible for this BCCI backlash. Having practised in India, Root was not a stranger to Indian conditions when he made a sparkling 73 on debut in the Nagpur Test that denied Mahendra Singh Dhoni's an Indian victory.

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