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“I think these days it’s about money for all the countries”
“What do I make of the timing of this tour? Well, I think it’s absolutely stupid!” This was former England captain Geoffrey Boycott’s reaction to Australia’s limited overs tour of India, which consists of seven ODIs and a one-off Twenty20 International.
Boycott believes that Cricket Australia should have rested the national team as they will square off against arch-rivals England for the second leg of the Ashes series in November.
“I think these days it’s about money for all the countries,” Boycott told ESPNcricinfo. “You’re dead right, it’s all about damn money. You come to us so we can make a lot of money, and then we’ll come to you so you can make a pot of money.
“What do I make of the timing of this tour? Well, I think it’s absolutely stupid! I mean, absolutely stupid. They should be resting, Australia. Not going to India, not to anywhere. Just resting after the Ashes, having camps, getting ready, focusing on beating England in five Test matches.”
Boycott also noted that the Indian conditions would do nothing to help Australia prepare for their home series against England.
“These players will go to India, play on slow, turning pitches and then come back to play England in the Ashes,” he said. “Not smart, and if they send a second-team to India, India will play hell about it because they’re going to be playing a 2nd XI. So, there are no winners here.”
Australia stand-in captain George Bailey stated that the tour of India would help his side gain some much-needed experience, however Boycott dismissed Bailey’s comments as ridiculous.
“Listen, if you were captain of Australia or anybody out there and you were going to India or any country, you would talk up what they were doing,” Boycott said. “You certainly wouldn’t talk it down as you arrive, would you? You’d be wrong in your damn head to do that! You’re going to talk it up.”