For once, someone in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seems to be thinking about the players' workload. The board is contemplating canceling a tour to New Zealand, scheduled to take place in Feb-March 2014, in order to give players a break before the 2014 summer tour of England.
The cancellation may invite a reaction from New Zealand Cricket, which has reportedly sold media rights for the series.
“We've no information and as far as we're concerned, it's just a rumour,” an NZC spokesperson told DNA. But sources in India and New Zealand say that the tour is unlikely.
India would have visited New Zealand after a two-month tour of South Africa, having played play three Tests, seven ODIs and a couple of T20 games in December-January 2013-14. In April 2014, India tours Bangladesh for World T20 and then takes part in the 50-day grind of IPL. They will then visit England for the Champions Trophy in June 2014. Then comes the Caribbean tour, where they play a tri-series with Sri Lanka and West Indies. Then, the team returns to England for five Tests and ODIs. The cancellation of the New Zealand tour would give the players some rest, who would otherwise have played non-stop for almost eight months, like they did last year.