MUMBAI: Unlike his tribesmen, former India wicketkeeper Syed Saba Karim has quietly slipped into the role of GM (cricket operations), BCCI. In an interview with TOI, Karim explains where he would like to see Indian cricket in future.
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You had a coaches and captains conclave on Monday. For the first time, the chairman of the selection committee, MSK Prasad, too was present…
His focus wasn’t on the Indian team’s requirements. It was more about how to preserve our pacers. In the last couple of years or so, the team management has done well to preserve four-five of our top pacers. That’s why we haven’t had too many injuries. That’s what he (Prasad) is asking from coaches and captains at the state level. We’ve seen in the past that young speedsters sometimes clock about 140-150. However, once they play the entire season, there’s a possibility of a burnout. So, in order to avoid that, it’s important to monitor their workload.
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There’s talk about state associations having contracts with the players in future...
The time has come for the state associations to join hands with the BCCI in having a central contract system for both male and female cricketers.
There were discussions about a day-night Test when the West Indies tour here in October. Is that in the pipeline?
We are exploring the possibility. There is a strong reason why we should have day/night Tests. If you look at it from a global perspective, then there are other nations who have gone ahead and played day/night Tests with some excellent results. They drew a large attendance. The ICC I believe has come up with a statement that all of us need to sit together to work out a system to save Test cricket. One of the suggestions was to have day-night Tests.
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