Mahender Singh Dhoni who was invited as a chief guest for the final of Chinar Cricket Premier League organised by Srinagar-based Chinar also holds an honorary rank of Lieutant Colonel in indian army said, “It is absolutely right, because we play so much cricket that we do not get much preparation time when we go overseas to play. But as an international cricketer, this is also a challenge.”
and in another statement when he was interacting with the youths of Jammu and kasmir he said, “We should aim at representing Indian team. For that, you have to perform consistently. I agree that there may be lack of facilities (in Kashmir). But we also didn’t have all the facilities when we were growing up. Make the most of the opportunities that you have. In the near future, a lot of players will come from Kashmir.”
When reoprters asked Dhoni about bilateral series between Bharat and Pakistan cricket teams he said, “When it comes to India-Pakistan cricket, it is not just sports, but becomes much bigger than that. It is not a easy decision, but a diplomatic and a political decision.
So, it is a big decision and I think we should leave it to the government to decide. If the government decides, we will go and play and if they decide against it, we will play some other series”.
Before Dhoni former indian captain Sourav Ganguly also gave a statement on friday24 november he said ,”Kohli was talking about scheduling of cricket which is so correct. BCCI got to give teams time to prepare when they go to South Africa and other tough tours”.
On Thursday, Indian Captain kohli had said ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka that the scheduling needed to be assessed in future as cricketers are judged easily but things such as practice time ahead of important tours are not looked into.
“As usual cramped for time, which I think we needed to assess in future as well because we very easily assess the team when go abroad but we don’t look at how many days we have got to prepare before we go to a particular place to play. And everyone starts judging players when results come after Test matches. It should be a fair game where we get to prepare the way we want to and then we are entitled to be criticised.”