It is not Circus maximus! Players need rest and we need to learn from football.
Remember the big debate which took place in England - over commitment to county games and england games. The toll it was taking on the players. The same is getting to be true with the Indian players. IPL, the @#$%&, the ODIs, the list goes on. The core is the same for all three formats of the game. The end result is that the players are becoming jaded, and flat. This has got nothing to do with winning or losing - they are no longer entertaining.
The total number of games played by the players is fewer than that played by the likes of Man.United, or Barcelona. (there are stats available - I saw these on TV) for the total amount of KMs run by each player in each game they played - which is a heck of a lot more than what your cricket player does in a game (batting, bowling or fielding), even in a test match)
Either the cricket players are not fit and cricket has to import some of the fitness techniques from Football, and the dietary habits of the football players. If they are not fit, then the millions being spent on useless coahces and fitness trainers needs to be revisited, and reviewed as they are not doing their job. If they are not mentally fit, questions have to be asked of the Psychologist.
In the case of the Indian Players, another factor has also got to be considered. They are under constant pressure from the media - again they need to learn from the footballers. Why is there a need for a player to turn at the press conference when the conference can be handled by others. You never get a Ronaldo or a Kaka or a Tevez doing a press conference.
seriously, if IPL and BCCI needs to grab the game and move it forward they need to introduce changes, and bring some sense to the circus maximus.
I for one would start with a reco that the tours and games be scrapped till October. heck, other countries will cry foul, but the guys want the Indian Gold, and if they want it they need to listen. BCCI has control on the amount going elsewhere, and should stop listening to the siren voices of the ECB and their henchmen. Maybe it is time to scrap the ICC and allow the IPL and the ICL to takeover the proceedings.
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 16/06/2009 10:41 by _lina.