Virat Kohli expresses disappointment on New Zealand tour schedule
New Delhi : Indian skipper Virat Kohli has registered his disappointment over the tight schedule of Indian team for the New Zealand tour. Post the conclusion of ODI Series with Australia on January 19 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Virat Kohli and team departed for New Zealand on January 20.
Addressing the media on the eve of Twenty20 series against the New Zealand, Virat Kohli made a cheeky remark on the scheduling done by the BCCI.
"It's getting closer and closer to landing at the stadium straight. That’s how compressed the gap has become. This kind of travelling to a place that is seven and a half hours ahead of IST is difficult to adjust immediately. Hopefully, this will be taken into consideration in the future," he pointed.
"But this is the year of the World Cup and every T20 is important. So, we can’t lose our focus."
The comments did not go well with the BCCI and the board reacted that the concerns must had been communicated to them instead of pointing them out in the media.
According to a report in IANS on Thursday, a BCCI functionary said that while Kohli does have the right to make his views known, but the board does try to make the best possible travel plans keeping the interest of the players in mind.
"He has every right to raise a point, but to be fair, all travel plans are made keeping in mind the interest of the players. If you see, we tried to space it out as much as we could post the World Cup when we played at home and the boys were also given a break during Diwali.
"It honestly made more sense to be flying to Auckland from Bengaluru than the team regrouping after a break," the functionary said.