Cricket's Air Force One! BCCI should buy airplane to fly Team India, says Kapil Dev

Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has already requested BCCI to consider more breaks for players while schedulling the fixtures.

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Cricket's Air Force One! BCCI should buy airplane to fly Team India, says Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev


Kapil Dev wants Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to buy its own airplanes to help players travel and get more rest during long tours. 

Team India are scheduled to play record number of games this home season. Head coach Ravi Shastri has requested the board to be more considerate when it comes to scheduling international matches in order to provide adequate breaks to players and support staff.

The 1983-world cup winning captain has now added his own suggestion to the mix.  

"Now that BCCI is making good money, it should have its own plane. It will save a lot of time and make life easier for Team India. The board can afford it. They should have done it five years ago," Kapil said to a newspaper.

He added, "I would also love to see some cricketers buying their own aircrafts in the days to come. In the US, top golfers have their own planes... I also believe that if BCCI owns planes, the players will get enough rest between matches. I am sure BCCI can also afford the parking charges,"

Kapil, who is a part of the four-member steering committee that will help in the formation of a players' association as per the Lodha panel recommendation, also said Indian cricketers should be allowed to take part in different T20 league across the world, and not just the IPL.

"This is the reason why a players' association is important. I completely agree with BCCI that if a player is contracted, he will have to obey BCCI. But if they are contracted, the Indian players should be allowed to play all over the world."

Kapil also said players have a short career span and "stopping them from earning isn't the right thing to do". 

He said, "You can't own a cricketer."

He also thinks that Virat Kohli could break Sachin Tendulkar's record of 100 international centuries. 

"After Sachin made his 100th century, I thought no one will break this. But after seeing Virat bat in recent times, we are starting to believe he can do it. At least, if he can bat like this in next two to three years, I won't be surprised to see him getting closer to Sachin."

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