The Indian team have succumbed to another overseas Test series loss and BCCI is now looking for ways in which such a situation can be avoided in the future.
With the scars of those 4-0 series losses still afresh, the BCCI don’t want to go down that road again, with England and Australia tours already lined up this year.
The BCCI are looking to formulate a plan in which there is a good balance to home and away Test series in a year, so that the team has good experience of playing in foreign conditions, and are not on the road or at home for a long stretch.
BCCI have already tweaked India’s ‘Future Tour Programme’ from 2019-2024 and sources say that BCCI’s CEO Rahul Johri has already taken a decision on this.
With India playing 6 series at home in the last 18 months, BCCI is convinced that the current FTP is flawed, as it is not advisable to play so many series at home in one stretch.
The board believes that those wins “instilled a false sense of pride in the team”.
Virat Kohli had pointed out BCCI’s poor scheduling before the South Africa tour, when that Sri Lanka home series was hastily organised, as Kohli wanted India to have a month of preparation before leaving for South Africa.
“This team played five of their series in the last one-and-half years only at home. They don’t have a clue on playing away from home. The board has already addressed the issue,” a top BCCI official said.
BCCI will also be ensuring at least one tour game before the start of an overseas series, in order to get the players some match practice before the 1st Test of any overseas series.
“If India plays equal number of Tests both at home and away, the team would at least get used to different conditions. But there isn’t any excuse for the loss of form of the batsmen in South Africa,” the official added.
BCCI want India to win overseas tests, because that is the only way this team can be termed ‘invincible’.
“If you want to be called invincible, you have to start winning away from home as well. This is the time for some series introspection for team building,” the official concluded.