Kapil Dev, a former India all-rounder and World Cup-winning captain, believes that the BCCI and the Indian team should begin planning for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which will be held in Australia next year. His remarks come after India was formally knocked out of the ongoing multi-team event, marking the first time the squad has exited the league stage of an ICC competition since 2012.
“Now is the moment to consider the future. You should begin planning as soon as possible. It’s not as if the Indian team’s entire cricket season has ended because the World Cup has ended. Go ahead and make your plans. I just think there should have been some sort of break between the IPL and the World Cup. But there’s no denying that our players now have a lot of exposure, but they’re not taking advantage of it,” Kapil told ABP News.
Kapil Dev went on to say that players must learn to distinguish and prioritise between international cricket and the Indian Premier League, and that the BCCI must ensure that the national team is not pushed to the bottom of the priority list.
“What can we say when players put the IPL ahead of playing for their country? Players should be proud to represent their country. I’m not familiar with their financial situation, so I can’t say anything. But, in my opinion, the national team should come first, followed by franchises,” he remarked.
He added that he is not opposed to franchise-based cricket leagues, but that players should always put their country first. “I’m not saying don’t play cricket there (for the franchise), but the BCCI now has the burden of better planning its cricket. The most important lesson we’ve learned is not to make the same mistakes we did in this tournament.”
India’s final Super12 match will be against Namibia on November 8 in a dead-rubber match. The game will also be Ravi Shastri’s final match as India’s head coach, as well as Virat Kohli’s final match as the team’s T20I captain.