Srinath suggests rotation policy to prevent burnout

Published: Thursday, May 4, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Jaipur:While the protest against too much of cricket grows louder, former pace spearhead Javagal Srinath finds nothing wrong in the crammed schedule and prescribes rotation policy to prevent players' burn-out.

Recently included in the ICC Match Referee panel, Srinath and Chief Coach at MRF Pace Foundation TA Sekhar were here to hunt for pace prospects in the pink city and contrary to the popular perception, Srinath said he found nothing wrong with so much of cricket.

''Rather I feel it's good that so much of cricket is played. It means players get more and more chances to play for their country.

But the schedules should be organised of course,'' he said.

When his attention was drawn to the fact that more and more players, especially of his own tribe, were facing career-threatening injuries, the former pacer said teams should have a pool of cricketers and they should be fielded in turns to preserve them for the long run.

''If people think it's too much of cricket, the rotation system is the best solution for that,'' he opined.

Modern day cricket involves lot of science and players can maintain their fitness despite the busy schedule, he said.

On India's imminent tour of West Indies, Srinath felt the side has clear edge over the hosts.

''India is a strong side and capable to beat any team in the world. India doesn't have good Test record in refcent times but they may win there,'' he said.

''It will be a good series before the World Cup and beneficial for the team,'' he remarked and also said that Rahul Dravid and Greg Chappell were doing a fantastic job as captain and coach of the side.

About his former team mate Sachin Tendulkar, Srinath felt the batting maestro is good enough despite his shoulder injury and he also sided with out of form duo of Virender Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif .

''After all, Sehwag has an average above 50 and Kaif is a brilliant team man and a dedicated player,'' he said.

Asked to rate the Team India pace attack, Srinath said Munaf Patel is the best Test pacer in the country while Irfan Pathan and S Sreesanth are good for one-dayer.

Srinath also expressed hopes that someday, India would produce a genuine fast bowler like Shoaib Akhtar or Brett Lee.

On his new role as a Match Referee, Srinath said, ''It will be a challenging job.''

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