Give Indian cricket team a break, says chief coach Ravi Shastri to BCCI

Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to be much more considerate when it comes to scheduling international matches in order to provide adequate breaks to players and support staff.

“The international calendar is so tight these days and it’s not only the matches that take a toll on players’ body, but the long flights and travelling. Shastri has requested us to look into it, as he believes it would help players to recover faster. England and Australia give enough gaps between series and the BCCI too should have a plan where players can get a decent break and recover better. Otherwise, everyone is happy with the way how BCCI is taking care of its players,” a source in the BCCI informed.

The Indian team is staring at three back-to-back home series this winter. Australia will play a one month-long series from September 17 to October 13. And just four days later, New Zealand will arrive for a series starting October 17 and ending on November 7. Barely a week later, Sri Lanka will land for a series slated from November 15 to December 24. As soon as India wrap up with the Lanka series, they will rush to South Africa on December 28 where they will play three T20s, three ODIs followed by four Tests matches.

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