New Delhi, Jan 7 IBNS | 2 years ago

Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid has said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should have allowed cricketers, who are part of the Indian One Day International (ODI) squad that will leave for New Zealand, to play Ranji Trophy quarter-finals for their respective domestic sides.

"I think there was a good opportunity to [let the six players play the quarterfinals], because even after the 12th, there are almost seven days before the first one-day match starts on the 19th," Dravid told espncricinfo.

"I guess there was a good opportunity to do that, and it's only six players, so maybe these six players could have left a day or two late ... I'm sure the Ranji Trophy teams and the coaches would have been very happy to have some of these boys play," he said.

Suresh Raina, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammed Shami and Stuart Binny will leave for New Zealand on Jan 12, reports said.

The quarter-finals will start from Wednesday and Jan 12 will be the last day.

The first ODI between India and New Zealand will be held at Napier from Jan 19.

(Posted on 08-01-2014)