Recriminations begin for India

ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010

Board of Control for Cricket in India vice-president Rajiv Shukla has refused to blame a packed schedule and player fatigue for the national team’s exit from the World Twenty20.

Yesterday’s five-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka in St Lucia - which came hot on the heels of losses to Australia and West Indies in the Super Eights - sealed India’s elimination from the competition.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has intimated that fatigue played a role in their elimination from the ICC World Twenty20

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni partly blamed the team’s poor run in the tournament on fatigue from off-field activity such as travel and parties during the 45-day Indian Premier League, which immediately preceded the World Twenty20.

But Shukla rubbished those claims.

“International cricket has always been very hectic and we have always had back-to-back matches and tournaments,” he said. “Even now, a huge number of matches have been lined up.

“We cannot really say if that has had a bearing on team performance. The BCCI has clearly told players that if they are fatigued they should inform the board immediately, take selectors into confidence and they would be rested.

“I would not say a packed schedule has been the overwhelming reason for this performance.”

Shukla admitted India’s display had been disappointing.

“I can only say the team did not perform to expectation,” he said. “It is disappointing that we could not make it to the semi-finals and we are analysing the reasons.

“We are waiting for the report from the team management which we will receive once the team returns.

“We will then take whatever steps necessary and do whatever needs to be done.”

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