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Talks are better way to solve issues: Dravid

Published: Monday, May 8, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi:Though guarded in his comment on players' burnout, Team India captain Rahul Dravid today asserted that a recognised players' association is the need of the hour to facilitate smooth talks between the cricketers and the Board on various issues from time to time.

Throwing his weight behind the Indian Professional Cricketers' Association, Dravid said, ''There is IPCA and there are efforts to get it recognised by the board. You have FICA (Federation of International Cricket Association) to represent the cricketers at the international level and I think you need a players' association in the long term.'' ''Time to time, we have healthy discussions with the board and having a players' association would make it smooth.''

Meanwhile, asked whether he and other Team India senior players had approached the BCCI to draw the Board's attention towards players' burnout owing to too much of cricket, Dravid skirted the issue and said, ''On a regular basis, we raise a number of issues with the Board and we have had regular healthy discussions on those.

But what surprises me is media reports which add a lot of spin to the issue.

We are not going to raise an issue with the board through the media.'' ''Even in companies, employees and employers discuss so many things and it's just like that with us,'' he said.

On India's tour of West Indies, Rahul Dravid admitted there will be pressure on his side to win the Test series in the Caribbean, something India has failed to achieve in more than three decades.

''It's definitely going to be a challenge. In fact every time we tour outside the sub-continent, it's an opportunity to achieve such targets and we are looking forward to it,'' he said.

Dravid admitted that Team India maybe on a roll in One dayers but they are not the same force in Test cricket.

''This is a young side and with so many youngsters, it's probably a bit tough to adapt to Test cricket. But as they grow in experience and tour to other parts of the cricketing world, they would be at ease with it.'' ''For Sreesanth, Dhoni and RP Singh, this would be there first major tour outside the sub-continent and they are keen to do well.'' He was also not ready to underestimate the West Indies team.

''West Indies is a young side, with a lot of newcomers who are keen to make their mark in the side -- somthing like us. They have got some young bowlers who bowl really quick and it would be very interesting.''

On Brian Lara being named the new West Indies captain, Dravid said, ''It's always a privilege to play against Lara, whether he is captain or not. We have shared the dressing room (during the Super Series in Australia) and I'm looking forward to it.'' On whether the side would continue experimenting with the opening slots, Dravid said, ''We did try options just for the sake of it.

Sometimes a player was not available and then there was fitness problems. You have to take into account all those issues. But as long as the team continues to win, I think we are not bothered about who bats where.'' ''We have been doing really well in the last eight months, winning so many matches and hence it doesn't matter who bats at what position,'' he asserted.

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