Burnout woes prompt PCB to shun Abu Dhabi series

Published: Tuesday, May 9, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Inzamam-ul Haq's worry that yet another tournament before the World Cup would result in players' burnout prompted Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to drop the idea of playing in the proposed Abu Dhabu tri-series, also featuring India and Australia.

According to a PCB official, Inzamam told board chairman Shaharyar Khan that playing in the tournament scheduled in September would have an adverse effect on the team's show in the World Cup and there was no point in squeezing in yet another event in an already crammed calendar.

''The chairman had asked Inzamam whether the players would be happy playing in the unscheduled tri-series in September this year before the ICC Champions Trophy in India. Inzamam told it would be better if Pakistan didn't take part in the proposed tri-series as they were already playing a lot of cricket before next year's World Cup,'' he said.

Pakistan tours England from June 28 and returns on September 12 while the Champions Trophy begins from October 6 in India.

''Inzamam's contention was that the players needed to be given a rest between the England tour and the Champions Trophy so that they could refresh and recharge themselves as immediately after the Champions Trophy they also play the West Indies at home and then go on a full tour of South Africa.'' ''Basically, on Inzamam's suggestion the PCB dropped the idea of playing in the tri-series anywhere, even at off-shore venues.'' the official added.

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